EVENT REMINDER: 6pm Tuesday 5 March: The United States military sprayed millions of litres of Agent Orange and other herbicides on trees and vegetation, as part of its chemical warfare program during the Vietnam War.
Vietnam estimates 400,000 people were killed or maimed, and 500,000 children born with birth defects as a result of its use. The Red Cross of Vietnam estimates that up to 1 million people are disabled or have health problems due to Agent Orange. United States Air Force records show that at least 6,542 spraying missions took place over the course of Operation Ranch Hand.
By 1971, 12 percent of the total area of South Vietnam had been sprayed with defoliating chemicals, at an average concentration of 13 times the recommended USDA application rate for domestic use.Vietnam had been sprayed with defoliating chemicals, at an average concentration of 13 times the recommended USDA application rate for domestic Several decades later, concerns about the health effects from these chemicals continue. Australian veterans – as well as thousands of Vietnamese – are still affected A victim of Agent Orange .
There have been many films depicting the impact of Agent Orange, such as the Agent Orange-Vietnam produced in 1988 by Journeyman Pictures. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs now has a web site devoted to the issue.
In the first of a two-part series on war, its aftermath and possible avoidance, the AIIA in New South Wales is pleased to welcome to the Glover Cottages the leaders of the Association of Victims of Agent Orange and Dioxin, including its president, Nguyen Van Rinh.
This is a non-government organization established in 2003 by volunteers and the world leader in the international campaign calling for the cleansing of the land in Vietnam and better care for the victims of Agent Orange.
The evening’s program includes information on how Australia Vietnam veterans and their families are affected by Agent Orange and reports on what the United States is and is not doing to redress the Agent Orange legacy, which has left some of the grand children of those affected during the war with horrific birth defects.