Vietnam News Agency (VNA), through its fund, “For Agent Orange Pain” on July 27 handed over a house to Duong Van Nhanh, an Agent Orange/dioxin victim, in An Lac commune, Chi Linh town, in the northern province of Hai Duong.

The house-building project, worth 30 million VND, was assisted by contributions from Hai Duong Red Cross, individuals and organisations in the province.

Duong Van Nhanh, a wounded soldier who returned home from the battlefield in Quang Tri central province has two sons and both suffer from the after-effect of Agent Orange/dioxin from him.

Addressing the presentation ceremony, VNA Director General Tran Mai Huong stressed that AO pain is not just felt by one particular victim, but by the entire Vietnamese people and progressive people worldwide.

During the wartime, over 400 journalists laid down their lives, 260 of whom were from VNA.

With the aim of alleviating the plight caused by wars, the VNA set up the “For Agent Orange Pain” fund in September, 2006 to serve as a bridge to summon up support for AO victims from individuals and organisations both at home and abroad.

VNA will continue to maintain and further enhance its humanitarian activities, the VNA chief promised.

Over the past five years, the fund has raised nearly 4 billion VND to provide hundreds of wheelchairs and medical facilities.

It also built dozens of houses and handed over gifts worth some 3 billion VND to thousands of AO victims in 63 cities and provinces nationwide. /.