US pledges 50 million USD for Vietnamese Agent Orange victims

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has pledged 50 million USD to support Agent Orange victims in seven Vietnamese provinces.

The agency signed an MoU with Vietnamese agencies last April to help people with disabilities in areas severely affected by Agent Orange deployed by the US army during the war. Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam, and Binh Dinh Provinces in the central region and Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc and Tay Ninh in the south were exposed to large amounts of poisonous chemicals, of which Agent Orange was the most widely used. It is estimated that there are more than 163,000 people with permanent and extremely severe physical and mental disabilities across the localities. The aid would help boost the country's ability to treat and rehabilitate AO victims, while improving their living conditions and enabling them to integrate with society.

Agent Orange, which contains the poisonous chemical dioxin, was used by US military forces during the war in Vietnam from 1961 to 1971, causing one of the most horrifying tragedies in human history. Over the course of 10 years, the US Army sprayed 80 million liters of toxic chemicals, 60% of which were Agent Orange/Dioxin, on a large area of southern Vietnam.

4.8 million Vietnamese people were exposed to Agent Orange/Dioxin and more than 3 million people have suffered illnesses as a result of exposure to the chemical.

Source: VOV5