Monday, April 12, 2010
Documentary Recounts Struggle of Agent Orange Veterans
Chuck Pallazo Salem-News.com
"Agent Orange is an indictment of US foreign policy and corporate greed, as well as being a celebration of love’s ability to face enormous adversity" -Masako Sakata
Greg Davis, shown during the Vietnam War period and more recently, died four years ago from cancer related to Agent Orange contamination in Vietnam.
Greg Davis, shown during the Vietnam War period and in a more recent image, died four years ago from liver cancer related to Agent Orange contamination in Vietnam.
(DA NANG, Vietnam) - Our friend and fellow activist, Masako Sakata, has made her extraordinary documentary film available via the on-line Russian TV Channel.
Masako explains that it was four years ago when Greg Davis, her husband of more than 30 years, died at the age of 54.
She said, "The cause was liver cancer, suspected to be brought on by his exposure to the defoliant Agent Orange while he served in the US army in Vietnam."
12% of the soil of South Vietnam was contaminated with 19 million gallons of defoliants, sprayed between 1961 and 1970, 12 million of which were Agent Orange, which contained dioxin - the most toxic chemical invented by man.
"To deal with my sadness and loneliness, and to find out about lingering Agent Orange after-effects, I returned to Vietnam.I found the victims everywhere, so immediate and present," Masako said.
"Children who were not even born then are suffering from all kinds of deformities and illnesses. In spite of such difficulties and poverty, everywhere I found love, caring and warmth. Meeting the victims and their families helped me heal".
The documentary also reveals some of the historical facts that led to unprecedented ecological disaster; a subject we cover frequently at Salem-News.com.
in Masako's words, "Agent Orange is an indictment of US foreign policy and corporate greed, as well as being a celebration of love’s ability to face enormous adversity."