The Italian Bolzano office in northern Hai Duong province on June 25 presented 20,000 EUR to local Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin victims.

The money will be used to build new houses and provide equipment, medical assistance and scholarships for the victims.

Bolzano Office has been mobilising resources from domestic and foreign organisations and individuals in a joint effort to carry out the project “Joining hands to ease AO pains”.

In 2012, the office granted 504 million VND to provincial AO victims to assist them in production and medical check-ups and treatment.

At the granting ceremony, the office signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin to sponsor AO sufferers.

From 1961 - 1971, US troops sprayed more than 80 million litres of herbicide - 44 million litres of which were AO that contained nearly 370kg of dioxin - over southern Vietnam.

As a result, 3.5 - 4 million Vietnamese people were exposed to AO/dioxin. Many of the victims have died, while millions of their descendants are living with deformities and diseases due to the effects of AO.-VNA