PANO – The Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA), on July 9th, held an exchange with outstanding Agent Orange/Dioxin (AO) victims and sponsors nationwide in Hanoi.
Present at the program were former Vice-State President cum VAVA Honorary President Nguyen Thi Binh, many AO victims from cities and provinces across the country, individuals, organisations and foreign sponsors.
The three parts of the program namely “The AO Pangs”, “Overcome the Ill-fates” and “Ease AO Pangs” were introduced in between television reports to showcase 50 years of Vietnam’s AO Disaster and latest songs for AO victims.
9 outstanding examples told different stories to enable audience to better understand the pains that AO victims have been suffering and their great will and efforts to overcome their fate.
The AO has left behind serious consequences on many Vietnamese generations. Today, the fourth generation of Vietnamese still suffers the ghastly legacy left by the American AO and no one can be sure when it will stop. Many victims are children of the 2nd and 3rd generations who were born with birth-defects. They all have tried their best to overcome their disadvantages, lead a better life and gain some measure of achievement.
Through the exchange, the organisers wanted to appeal people all over the world to combat the weapons of mass destruction as well as demonstrate their sympathy and support to the Vietnamese AO victims in the struggle for their justice.
Translated by Van Hieu