Tuesday, June 5, 2012

US scientists support claim from AO victims


Vietnam ’s victims of agent orange/dioxin (AO) are hoping to receive more spiritual and material support from US scientists in their fight for justice.

Vice President and General Secretary of the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA), Tran Xuan Thu, made this remarks during a meeting with a delegation from the American Public Health Association, part of the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign, in Hanoi on June 5.

He applauded the active efforts made by the association in the past to help Vietnamese AO victims.

The delegation, led by Susan M. Schnall, who played an active part in the peace movement that protested against the war in Vietnam , is made up of several specialists with backgrounds in medicine, chemicals or public health.

Some of them have written articles in US newspapers on the impacts of toxic chemicals, particularly agent orange/dioxin. They have also got together with a number of US members of Congress to draw up a draft bill for compensation for Vietnamese AO victims, as well as calling for more support from the American public.

During their stay in Vietnam, the US delegates will also meet with representatives from the Ministry of Health and VAVA branches in Da Nang, Thua Thien-Hue and Ho Chi Minh City as well as visit a number of beauty spots around the country.

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