On the AO Victims’ Day August 10, the Viet Nam Association for Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA) and the Red Cross Society paid visits to AO victims in Ha Noi, the northern provinces of Bac Giang, Phu Tho, Ninh Binh and the central province of Ha Tinh and granted over VND20 billion to them and the poor.
On the same day, at the Dam Sen Park, the HCMC Red Cross held outdoor activities and gave 318 scholarships worth from VND 500,000 to VND 1,000,000 each to pupils from AO-affected families and gifts to 1,100 orphans and needy pupils.
The total donation for orphan and needy pupils is over VND330 million.
Regarding Vietnamese AO victims’ lawsuit against US chemical companies, the Viet Nam Lawyers' Association has just sent a letter to the US Court of Appeals rejecting a U.S lower court’s verdict on the case, an official of VAVA said.
It is expected that the first hearing between Vietnamese Agent Orange (AO) victims as plaintiffs and 37 U.S chemical companies as defendants will take place in late October.
Also on the occasion of the National Day for Vietnamese AO/dioxin Victims, the Toxicology magazine of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has officially launched its first edition in Hanoi.
The magazine aims to exchange information and analysis from scientists and sociologists’ studies into the long-lasting effects of AO/dioxin on environment and human health, which US chemical companies provided for spraying in Vietnam during the war.
The 60-page magazine is divided into 4 major columns: research exchange, information, international news and new documents and policies. It is published bimonthly.