Hanoi: 3,000 people take walk for AO/Dioxin victims

An area under dioxin detoxification at Da Nang airport (Illustrative photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The trial dioxin detoxification using microbial technology at A Sho airfield of A Luoi district, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, has generated optimistic outcomes. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment held a workshop in Hanoi on August 4 to report on the outcomes of the test detoxification, which was carried out by the Republic of Korea (RoK)’s biology company BJC and the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment. By using the RoK’s microbial species, the land area considered to be most contaminated with dioxin at A Sho airfield received anaerobic treatment for three months and then aerobic treatment. The dioxin concentration in the contaminated land declined from 161.65pg-TEQ per gram to 104.93pg-TEQ per gram, according to scientists from the BJC, the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, and the Korea Institute of Toxicology. Basing on the test’ results, participants at the workshop highly valued the capacity and efforts of Korean experts. They asked authorised agencies of Vietnam and the RoK to complete necessary procedures to publicise official research findings and facilitate social organisations’ international cooperation in environmental protection and socio-economic development. The US army sprayed some 80 million litres of toxic chemicals from 1961 to 1971, 61 percent of which was Agent Orange containing 366 kilograms of dioxin, over nearly one quarter of the total area of South Vietnam.  Preliminary statistics showed…... [read more]

Participants celebrate after the finish line at ​Da Nang International Marathon Race last year. (Photo: VNA) Da Nang (VNA) - More than 5,000 athletes and tourists will race on August 6 in the annual Manulife Da Nang International Marathon, one of the biggest sport events in central Vietnam. The race’s organisers said that this year’s race will offer four categories: full marathon (42km), half marathon (21km), a 10km run and a 5km (Zody Food5K) run. Participants will get a chance to taste cuisine at Zody food court at the East Sea Park on the coast of Da Nang after the race. The marathon will prelude the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Da Nang, which will take place on November 5-11. The race promises to give runners a memorable experience, from allowing them to enjoy the amazing sunrise to seeing the sights and sounds of the city as it wakes up. Marathoners will pass through five different bridges in Da Nang and explore the stunning coastline of the city. As planned, a Sports Day will prelude the race from 9am till 10pm on August 5, offering many interesting participation activities. The event will include a charity portion to help those in need. All the money raised will be given to support handicapped and orphans, Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin, disabled people, the Village of Hope and 15 low-income families in the city. The Silver Strider Club, which is composed of ‘runners and…... [read more]

More than 5,000 athletes and tourists will race on August 6 in the annual Manulife Danang International Marathon, one of the biggest sport events in central Vietnam. The race’s organisers told Vietnam News that this year’s race will offer four categories: full marathon (42km), half marathon (21km), a 10km run and a 5km (Zody Food5K) run. Participants will get chance to taste cuisine at Zody food court at the East Sea Park on the coast of Danang after the race. The marathon will prelude the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Danang, which will take place on November 5-11. The race promises to give runners a memorable experience, from allowing them to enjoy the amazing sunrise to seeing the sights and sounds of the city as it wakes up. Marathoners will pass through five different bridges in Danang and explore the stunning coastline of the city. As planned, a Sports Day will prelude the race from 9am till 10pm on Saturday, offering many interesting participation activities. The event will include a charity portion to help those in need. All the money raised will be given to support handicapped and orphans, Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin, disabled people, the Village of Hope and 15 low-income families in the city. The Silver Strider Club, which is composed of ‘runners and walkers over 50’, will also join the race to promote a healthy lifestyle and to give a voice to older runners and walkers. “We are proud to bring a Marathon to Danang,…... [read more]

The race’s organisers told Vietnam News that this year’s race will offer four categories: full marathon (42km), half marathon (21km), a 10km run and a 5km (Zody Food5K) run. Participants will get chance to taste cuisine at Zody food court at the East Sea Park on the coast of Danang after the race. The marathon will prelude the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Danang, which will take place on November 5-11. The race promises to give runners a memorable experience, from allowing them to enjoy the amazing sunrise to seeing the sights and sounds of the city as it wakes up. Marathoners will pass through five different bridges in Danang and explore the stunning coastline of the city. As planned, a Sports Day will prelude the race from 9am till 10pm on Saturday, offering many interesting participation activities. The event will include a charity portion to help those in need. All the money raised will be given to support handicapped and orphans, Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin, disabled people, the Village of Hope and 15 low-income families in the city. The Silver Strider Club, which is composed of ‘runners and walkers over 50’, will also join the race to promote a healthy lifestyle and to give a voice to older runners and walkers. “We are proud to bring a Marathon to Danang, and we see it as our mission to contribute to a healthier and more active sporting community and to the…... [read more]

Loretta Sanchez was elected to the House of Representatives in November 1996. She has since then become a member of Congress in five terms and a representative for the 47th Congressional District of California where a large number of Vietnamese nationals are residing. While many of them are still making contributions to the homeland, several groups of people, under the label of fighting for democracy and human rights, continue carrying out ill-intentioned activities in an attempt to sabotage Vietnam and Vietnam-US relations. According to Los Angeles Times, Sanchez’s aim is to gather support from Vietnamese American voters in the upcoming election to win the post of California State Governor. To this end, following a plan made by a reactionary organisation operating in the US called the Vietnam Reform Party, she came to Vietnam to meet relatives of several elements who were arrested by the Vietnamese Government on the charge of propagandising against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. By doing so, she hoped to help this reactionary organisation carry out activities against Vietnam prior to the election of deputies to the 12th National Assembly on May 20. Instead of paying attention to the majority of voters who look forward to a good future for Vietnam-US relations, Sanchez lent a helping hand to a group of old-fashioned voters to sabotage the Vietnamese State. It is a wrongful act which is not allowed in any sovereign country. Does the US administration let a certain force or bad elements in its country support the…... [read more]

In a meeting with the press in Hanoi on August 9 before ending his term of office in Vietnam, the outgoing American Ambassador Michael W. Marine said, “I do not accept the term ‘victims of Agent Orange’. The US humanitarian assistance to ‘the disabled in Vietnam is not based on evaluation of causes of disability.” Mr. Marine’s statement aggravated the pain of many generations of millions of Vietnamese people, who are victims of Agent Orange/dioxin sprayed by the US army over southern Vietnam. It is regrettable that the out-going diplomat made that comment, ignoring the fact that more than 4.8 million Vietnamese people had been exposed to Agent Orange/dioxin, and three million of them including many children eventually became direct victims. Tens of thousand of them are mentally and physically sick because of incurable illnesses. Many have died in extreme agony. The toxic chemicals affect even the 2nd and 3rd generations of those victims, many with inborn defects.The father of Nguyen Muoi served the US army and was exposed to Agent Orange/dioxin. Nguyen Muoi is now suffering from spina bifida, an effect of the toxic chemical. Muoi was very disappointed at Michael Marine’s statement. He said, “The US ambassador denied the fact and refused to accept the consequences. If he were not in Vietnam, his words might be accepted. But he was in Vietnam and saw the serious health problems of Agent Orange/dioxin victims and still made that comment. Where is his conscience? The US government acknowledged and compensated AO/dioxin…... [read more]

The court reasoned that the plaintiffs did not give adequate evidence to sue US chemical companies and that the toxic chemicals were used to protect the US army, not to kill civilians. For the plaintiffs and other Vietnamese people as well as peace-loving people around the world, this is an unreasonable and unfair ruling. It defies the fact that more than 4.8 million Vietnamese people have been affected by Agent Orange/dioxin, of whom around 3 million, including many children, were directly exposed to the toxic chemicals. Tens of thousands of these people have long been suffering from the lingering pain physically and spiritually due to chronic illnesses. Many of them have died in desperation. The toxic chemical even affects the second and third generations of these victims. Many new-born babies have deformities. According to statistics between 1960-1970 the US air force sprayed 72 million litres of defoliants on nearly 2 million hectares of forests and rice fields in South Vietnam. Scientists, including those from the US, pointed out that the consequences to the environment could be overcome though it is costly, but those on humans could be incurable. Many US soldiers who joined the war have suffered similar illnesses such as intestinal cancers, skin cancer and leukaemia. Their children have also contracted incurable illnesses. In an effort to demand justice, about 40,000 US soldiers exposed to the toxic chemicals during the Vietnam War sued US chemical companies which later agreed to pay US$180 million in compensation. However, for the Vietnamese…... [read more]

>> Vietnam-US political, security and defence dialogue concludes Vietnam and the US discussed a series of issues in the dialogue to strengthen bilateral relations, which concluded in Washington D.C on June 18. A US-based Radio Voice of Vietnam (VOV) correspondent talked to Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh who led the Vietnamese delegation, about the outcome of the dialogue. Reporter: Could you please tell us about the results of the fourth Vietnam-US dialogue? Mr Minh: This is the fourth time Vietnam and US have conducted such a dialogue under their high-level agreement. This dialogue focused on four major topics. The first was regional security issues related to the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM+), and mechanisms of the East Asia Summit (EAS), and the East Sea. The second was cooperation in security and defence. The third topic was humanitarian cooperation such as searching for MIA soldiers from the war and dealing with the consequences of war, including clearing unexploded ordnance. The fourth concerned details of elevating the Vietnam-US relations to a higher level. Reporter: What is the update of this dialogue? Mr Minh: It has been 15 years since the two countries normalized relations and last year we celebrated the 15th anniversary of Vietnam-US diplomatic ties. Over the past 15 years, Vietnam-US relations have developed strongly and rapidly in various fields such as politics, education and science and technology. During her visit to Vietnam in 2010, US Secretary…... [read more]

Le Minh Chau, who struggles with a rare disability linked to Agent Orange effects, wants to be known more as an artist. Le Minh Chau, the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Chau, Beyond the Lines” auctioned two of his paintings last weekend to raise $1,000 for Orange Initiative, a project that aims to help disabled people and Agent Orange victims in Vietnam. Photos by Barack Huy Chau is teaching art classes for children and adults. “The documentary has shined a new light on my battle, but I want to be better known as an artist,” said the HCMC-based artist. His next goal is to learn English and to earn a scholarship to study abroad. Related news: > In Vietnam, Agent Orange victims struggle to survive as Monsanto thrives > American advocate of Vietnam's Agent Orange victims accused of fraud, embezzlement > Vietnam in 2016: What a year it's been... [read more]

Linh, 29, from the southern province of Dong Nai, said that his journey began in early February and has taken him 52 days to reach Hanoi. He has lost 4kg in weight, but he is happy because he has collected more than 25,000 signatures from supporters. He said that he sometimes felt discouraged by walking alone for many hours on end, especially when crossing deserted and arid land under the scorching sun or facing fierce winds of dust. But the example of AO victim Nguyen Van Quy, who arrived in the US in 2007 demanding justice for AO victims and died shortly after his return, encouraged Linh to complete his journey. During the trip, he only wore the blue shirt of the young Vietnamese volunteers. He took three handfuls of soil from the Ho Chi Minh City Cemetery, Truong Son Cemetery and Road 9 Cemetery and left them at the Temples of the Hung Kings who are believed to be the founders of the Vietnamese nation. While in Hue on March 2, he expressed his indignation at the US Supreme Court’s dismissal of the petitions lodged by Vietnamese AO victims. In an interview with Reuters, he confirmed that he would continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the victims until justice prevails. On March 26, he is due to meet with representatives of the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin Victims (VAVA) and with students from Hanoi’s Economics University. He is expected to meet his goal of gathering 30,000…... [read more]




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