A wide range of activities are being held to mark the Day for Agent Orange/Dioxin Victims (August 10) and the 53rd anniversary of the Agent Orange catastrophe in Vietnam.

Chairman of the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Rinh said the events aim to raise public awareness on the issue while calling for domestic and foreign assistance and support for the Vietnamese victims as well as the struggle for justice for the Vietnamese victims.

A mobile texting campaign was launched on August 4 to collect money in support of AO victims nationwide. From now to September 30, people can support the campaign by texting DACAM to 1409.

An exchange programme will be held at the Hanoi Opera House on August 9.
An exhibition - themed “Agent Orange – Sense and Justice” is underway in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho from July 25 to August 20.

During the war in Vietnam , the US troops sprayed nearly 80 million litres of herbicides, 61 percent of which was Agent Orange containing 366kg of dioxin.

An estimated 4.8 million Vietnamese were exposed to the toxic chemical, with over 3 million of them dying or painfully struggling from its serious effects.

Not only Vietnamese but people from many other countries also became victims of this mass-killing chemical.-VNA