(CPV) – At 8p.m on August 10, an art performance entitled “Joining hands to relieve Agent Orange pain” will be held by Communist Party of Vietnam Online Newspaper, the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA) and Vietnam Television. The program will be broadcast live on national television.
During the war in Vietnam, from 1961-1971, the US troops conducted 19,905 spraying events using some 80 million litres of toxic chemicals across the central and southern regions of Vietnam. 61% of which was AO, containing 366 kilograms of dioxin. 4.8 million Vietnamese people have been exposed to AO, with over 3 million victims.
Many families have over three victims. There are families with 15 children who are all victims of AO. Hundreds of thousands of victims have died, and hundreds of thousands of others are struggling with mortal diseases.
In particular, AO can be passed on through many generations. In Vietnam, AO effects have been generated through the third generation of families. A majority of AO victims’ families are living in misery, disease and poverty.
On the 51st anniversary of AO catastrophe in Vietnam (1961-2012) and the day for AO victims (August 10), VAVA worked with Communist Party of Vietnam Online Newspaper to hold the art performance, with an aim to increase the awareness of people in the country and in the world about AO catastrophe in Vietnam, encourage social resources to help AO victims, support the struggle for justice for Vietnamese AO victims, and pay tribute to organizations and individuals who have great contributions to helping AO victims.
During the program, the audience will meet with two AO victims who have overcome difficulties in life, and have an exchange with professor, doctor of science and people’s teacher Phuong Luu who saved all 200 million VND from her Ho Chi Minh Award to help AO victims.
In addition, the audience will have a chance to talk with two foreign guests, including Len Aldis, Secretary General of the Britain-Vietnam Friendship Society who have made active contributions to encouraging the public and world to support the struggle for Vietnamese AO victims’ justice; and Lee Jong Hyun, director of MBC Nanum Television, the Republic of Korea (MBC is the sponsor for the visit and medical treatment of over 70 Vietnamese AO victims in June).
During the program, reports on the AO catastrophe in Vietnam and activities to relieve AO pain by the Party and State leaders as well as ministries and sectors will be broadcast.
The art section will bring with works about AO by professional singers and AO victims./.
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Senior Lieutenant-General Nguyen Van Rinh, VAVA President