The Agent Orange (AO)/ Dioxin Victims Association in the northern province of Thai Nguyen presented the title “Tam Long Vang” (golden heart) on June 17 to individuals and groups who have actively supported local AO victims.

Honoured ind ividuals and groups included Friedrichsgymnasium Kassel High School (Germany) and its teachers Rainer Sachschal and Amanda Pauline Weber as well as Hanoi University (HANU)’s German language department.

Recent years have seen teachers and students from Germany and HANU offer helpful and practical assistance to AO/dioxin victims in Vietnam, reflecting great sympathy for victims.

The association has actively mobilized support from the community and international friends to build a shelter where 300 homeless AO victims in the province are now living and receiving vocational training.

In response to AO/Dioxin Victims Day on August 10, the German and HANU delegation paid visits to impoverished AO victim households in the province.

About 80 million litres of toxic chemicals, mainly Agent Orange containing dioxin, were sprayed over the south of Vietnam during the war in Vietnam.

Nearly 4.8 million Vietnamese people were exposed to dioxin and about three million suffer from resulting health problems today.-VNA