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VN, Cambodia cooperate to support AO/dioxin victims

Update: August, 25/2015 - 18:35
A delegation of Cambodia's After War Victim Aid Association works with the Viet Nam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin. — Photo dangcongsan.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — A delegation of Cambodia's After War Victim Aid Association started a visit to Viet Nam yesterday to discuss the continuing supporting of Agent Orange and Dioxin victims in both countries.

Chairman Seang Bun Leang said that the association was a newly-organised group, which was set up this June. He expressed his hope that the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin would support his organisation in taking care of war victims, both those suffering from dioxin and non-dioxin injuries.

The two sides agreed that a co-operation programme should be established to conduct surveys on the consequences of the chemical war, the number of dioxin victims and their current conditions in both countries. Programmes on exchanging experience between the two associations and seeking aid from the international community in fighting for the victims' justice are to be held in the future.

Just in Viet Nam's southern region, nearly 5 million Vietnamese people were exposed to some 80 million litres of herbicide, most of which were the Agent Orange (AO) chemical.

Border areas in Cambodia and Laos are also affected by the toxic chemical, resulting in environmental pollution and many serious diseases that have been reoccurring for generations, such as cancer and deformities.

On the same day, the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin received 100,000 yen (US$839) from the Association of Viet Nam-Loving Japanese People to support dioxin victims in the country. — VNS


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