AO victims receive rehabilitation house hinh anh 1Illustrative photo (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A rehabilitation house for Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin victims was presented to the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA) on November 4 by the Vietnam People’s Navy. 

At the ceremony, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Rinh, VAVA President, thanked the officers and soldiers of the Vietnam People’s Navy for their sentiments towards AO victims, saying that the facility will help the victims improve their health and integrate into the society. 

Chairman Nguyen Van Rinh also called on domestic and foreign organisations and individuals to continue support for Vietnamese AO victims and their struggle for justice. 

On the occasion, VAVA presented the insignia and certificate of merit to units and individuals with outstanding contributions to activities in support of the targeted group.

From 1961 to 1971, American troops sprayed more than 80 million litres of herbicides - 44 million litres of which were AO, containing nearly 370kg of dioxin - over southern Vietnam. 

As a result, about 4.8 million Vietnamese were exposed to the toxic chemical. Many of the victims have died, while millions of their descendants are living with deformities and diseases as a direct result of the AO/dioxin effects.-VNA