Agent Orange Victims Demand Justice for Toxic Effects

Vietnamese and Americans donate money to Viet Nam’s Association for Victims of Agent Orange after a concert by American country singer Peter Yarrow
It is the first time that an international meeting on Agent Orange with the attendance of over 100 delegates from at least six countries was hosted.

Some of them are victims. Many of them are non-victims. However, they all came here to ask for the justice.

Let the victims say

Life of Mai Giang Vu, a former soldier of the US, is a good demonstration of Agent Orange's effect on human physical and mental health.

Getting married in 1965, he was then worked for the US in an ammunition depot.

His first child was born in 1974. The first, the second and even the third child did suffer from exposure of lethal chemical dioxin, the believed main ingredient of Agent Orange.

Day by day, his children got weaker and their four limps were curled up. Those innocent babies just crawled around the house instead of standing and walking like other normal people.

Turning to 18, they became bedridden invalids and died at the age of 20.

Vu could not believe that he did get the poison when spraying defoliant during his serve in the old Saigon's army.

“I was deceived. Everybody was deceived”, he cried and hollered at the meeting.

Daniel J.Shea, a Viet Nam War Marine turned peace activist, has another story not less miserable.

Working for the US army from 1968 to 1969, he once thought that he was so lucky for not being injured.

But, one day, walking in the spacious rice field, he got the skin-disease. That is the result of dioxin, the fact that he must find out many years later. 

An Agent Orange victim in Viet Nam

Time has gone. Daniel J.Shea got married, forgetting the sad war in the past.

Unfortunately, war consequence still haunts him.

His first offspring was born with congenital malformation and several diseases, and died shortly after that.

The death of his son is a lively illustration of the war crime caused by the US.


Asking for justice

Stories of Agent Orange victims in Viet Nam or any other places in the world all are lingering sorrows.

A recent special research shows that up to 12 percent of Viet Nam was sprayed with dioxin, a toxic considered main ingredient of Agent Orange.

Agent Orange and its related disease seem inevitable for future generations.

Former Vietnamese veterans presently living in the US, Australia, New Zealand and Republic of Korea have the similar symptoms of the disease, and their children are severely suffering the same painful effects resulted by exactly the same agent, the most dangerous man-made poison.

Which is the reason for that unusual coincidence?

The fact is that the governments of Canada, New Zealand and Republic of Korea did send apologies to former soldiers, and promise to settle lawsuits filed by those veterans.

Even the US did provide allowances worth of billions of dollars for their ex-servicemen who are being harmed by war-related sickness.

What has been done for the Vietnamese victims? Have they received any apology from those who are responsible for the harmful action in the past? Have they got any sickness allowance from those who observe the justice?

The Vietnamese Agent Orange sufferers filed a lawsuit against chemical companies those produced defoliants during Viet Nam war. They are demanding justice not only for themselves but also for the human beings in the world.

The lawsuit by Vietnamese innocent victims has gained widespread supports from the public and people all over the world.

And, the international meeting can further prove the fact that hundreds of millions of people are strongly advocating Vietnamese arguments.

"To fight and defeat the Americans in the war was difficult...Winning in court is even more difficult."
Professor Nguyen Trong Nhan, Vice President of the Vietnam Dioxin/Agent Orange Victims Association.

"It's bad when you're not just killing the enemy soldier but you're also killing his grandchildren and you're poisoning his environment," 
Joan Anne Duffy Newberry, a US Air Force nurse in Vietnam during the war.

"It's bad when you're not just killing the enemy soldier but you're also killing his grandchildren and you're poisoning his environment," 
Joan Anne Duffy Newberry, a former US Air Force nurse in Vietnam.

"The US government offers free medical treatment to American veterans who fought in Vietnam for a range of illnesses,...Yet it refuses to give assistance to hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese who suffer from exactly the same illnesses caused by exactly the same agents."
Sue Kedgley, New Zealand Green Party legislator 

"They poisoned the land of Vietnam and people are suffering 30 years later,"
Daniel Shea, a Vietnam War Marine turned peace activist.

(Source: AFP via Yahoo News)

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By PT - Translated by Van Hanh

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