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Organisations pull together to assist AO victims

Update: August, 09/2014 - 09:17
VNA handed over a house to Hoang Thi Uyen in Hiep Hoa district in the northern province of Bac Giang, who is physically challenged due to exposure to the dioxin contained in Agent Orange.— VNA/VNS Photo Huy Liem

HA NOI  (VNS) — The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and localities nationwide are carrying out charitable activities to support victims of Agent Orange/dioxin and their families in response to the Day for AO/Dioxin Victims on August 10.

VNA handed over a house to Hoang Thi Uyen in Hiep Hoa district in the northern province of Bac Giang, who is physically challenged due to exposure to the dioxin contained in Agent Orange.

The house cost VND30 million (US$1,410) sourced from the VNA fund for AO victims.

Vice chairman of the communal People's Committee, Nguyen Van Tien, said the gift would help Uyen overcome the everyday difficulties she faced.

The same day, the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang, home to over 14,000 AO victims, presented six wheelchairs worth VND1.5 million ($70.5) each to local dioxin sufferers, and 31 scholarships to primary and secondary students affected by the toxic chemical.

Seven other students also received scholarships sponsored by Masako Sakata from Japan and Francoise Brassart from France.

On the occasion, officials from the Associations for Victims of AO/dioxin in Quang Binh, Dong Nai and Binh Phuoc presented gifts to people who had been exposed to dioxin.

During the war in Viet Nam, the US sprayed nearly 80 million litres of herbicides over the country, 61 percent of which was Agent Orange.

An estimated 4.8 million Vietnamese were exposed to the toxic chemical, with over 3 million of them dying or painfully struggling against the substance's terrible effects. — VNS


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