The Party and State always take care of the spiritual and material life of Agent Orange victims, promulgating policies to help them overcome sufferings left by the war, said Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan.
The Vice President said this in Hanoi on Aug. 7 while receiving a delegation of the AO Victims’ Association of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, who are visiting Hanoi on the occasion of the Day for Vietnamese AO Victims (Aug. 10).
“AO victims are the poorest among the poor and the most miserable among the miserable. For them, even the simple desire to give birth to healthy children is often out of reach,” she said.
Vice President Doan expressed her hope that Vietnamese AO victims might overcome their difficulties and sufferings and make positive contributions to society.
She called on people worldwide to support Vietnam’s lawsuit against American chemical companies that produced AO toxins used by the US army during the Vietnam war.
On the occasion of the Day for AO Victims, many charitable activities were organised nationwide.
Social organisations, businesses and individuals in the central province of Thanh Hoa presented local victims with 21 houses worth 450 million VND and 147 gifts worth 40 million VND in addition to wheelchairs and computers.
The AO Victims’ Associations in Vinh Long, Lam Dong, Vinh Phuc provinces also raised funds of tens of millions VND for local AO victims on the occasion.
The Vietnam News Agency’s Fund for AO victims, with the participation of 52 branches in localities nationwide, presented houses, cash and gifts worth 375 million VND in total, and three wheelchairs to AO victims.
The fund has been receiving support from various domestic and international organisations and individuals.
A group of overseas Vietnamese in the US will present four containers of goods and medical equipment worth 200,000 USD - one to the fund and three to hospitals in northern Ha Nam province, southern Binh Thuan province and Ho Chi Minh City.
The VNA fund also plans to join the Greek Embassy to organise a charitable gala night on Oct. 10, the capital city of Hanoi’s Liberation Day, to raise funds for the AO victims. The Greek Government plans to present the fund and several other charity organisations with some 80,000 USD.