The Vietnamese Embassy in the Republic of Korea (RoK) on July 19 launched a fundraising effort to support Vietnamese Agent Orange/dioxin victims.

The activity was a response to the appeal of the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the catastrophe of AO defoliants sprayed by the US troops in Vietnam .

VAVA has called on Vietnamese people and international friends to support AO victims in their lives and fight for justice.

Helping and supporting Vietnamese AO victims and victims of chemical weapons in the world also contributed to the cause of protecting long-term justice and long-lasting peace on earth, said VAVA.

On August 10, 1961, United States (US) warplanes began to spray toxic chemicals on 3 million hectares of forest, mountain and fields ­ – and almost 26,000 villages in Vietnam . The US action caused a significant deterioration in the environment and the health of Vietnamese people.

As a result, nearly 5 million Vietnamese people were exposed to Agent Orange/dioxin, with 3 million of them now suffering from Agent Orange/dioxin related health issues, including numerous children.

At the ceremony, the Vietnamese Embassy received money from the Vietnamese community in the RoK, as well as Korean individuals and organisations, which will be sent to the home country soon./.