Vietnam war still killing

From British daily The Morning Star:

VIETNAM: Vietnamese authorities reported on Monday that an artillery shell left over from the Vietnam war exploded in Tay Ninh province on Friday, killing three people.

About 38,000 people have been killed by unexploded ordnance since the end of the conflict in 1975.

Over four million Agent Orange victims still in Vietnam: here.

Canada’s Agent Orange Victims Still Seeking Justice: here.

Agent Orange Continues to Poison Vietnam: here. And here.

New campaign for Agent Orange victims: here.

Hanoi has urged the US to release funding for Agent Orange victims at the start of the fourth annual meeting between the two countries to discuss the clean-up of areas the US military poisoned during the Vietnam war: here.

Agent Orange exposure linked to Graves’ disease in Vietnam veterans, study finds: here.

US Republican Alan Simpson Says Veterans Who Are Agent Orange Victims Are ‘Not Helping Us Save The Country’: here.

Visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has lectured her Vietnamese hosts on human rights and issued vaguely worded pledges to help the developing country to tackle the horrific legacy of Agent Orange: here.

When Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, visited Vietnam on Thursday she extolled the country’s “unlimited potential” and strong trade relations with the US. But the words must have rung hollow for Ngyuen Ngoc Phuong, who has seen his potential destroyed by American chemical poisoning: here.

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  1. 35 communist bodies found

    VIETNAM: A Vietnamese military official reported on Monday that soldiers have uncovered a mass grave containing the remains of 35 communist guerillas killed during the Vietnam war.

    Colonel Vo Hieu Hoa said that the Vietnamese fighters were rounded up and killed by US-backed southern Vietnamese forces after they had attacked a US air base in Vinh Long province during the 1968 Tet Offensive.


  2. Vietnam: Chemical companies, US authorities knew the dangers of
    Agent Orange

    By Jon Dillingham
    August 10, 2009, was the first Orange Day organised in Vietnam — not
    only to be remembered by victims of Agent Orange but to mark Vietnam’s
    common pain. Those responsible for exposing Vietnamese citizens and US
    troops to toxic defoliants kept silent about known health implications,
    a review of documents finds.

    * Read more


  3. Poison parade

    Vietnam: Canadian environmental firm Hatfield Consultants has revealed that new tests have confirmed extremely high levels of toxic dioxin in people, fish and soil near a former US air base.

    The compound, which is best known as the toxic ingredient of Agent Orange, was stored at the facility during the Vietnam war.

    The firm said that “time is of the essence” to finish cleaning up the site, which is now home to the Da Nang International Airport, where dioxin levels in the soil, sediment and fish are 300 to 400 times higher than internationally accepted levels.


  4. Vietnam presses U.S. for compensation over use of Agent Orange

    Source: AP (5-23-10)

    Her children are 21 and 16 years old, but they still cry through the night, tossing and turning in pain, sucking their thumbs for comfort.

    Tran Thi Gai, who rarely gets any sleep herself, sings them a mournful lullaby. “Can you feel my love for you? Can you feel my sorrow for you? Please don’t cry.”

    Gai’s children — both with twisted limbs and confined to wheelchairs — were born in a village that was drenched with Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. She believes their health problems were caused by dioxin, a highly toxic chemical in the herbicide, which U.S. troops used to strip communist forces of ground cover and food.

    Thirty-five years after the end of the Vietnam War, its most contentious remaining legacy is Agent Orange. Eighty-two percent of Vietnamese surveyed in a recent Associated Press-GfK Poll said the United States should be doing more to help people suffering from illnesses associated with the herbicide, including children born with birth defects.

    After President George W. Bush pledged to work on the issue on a Hanoi visit in 2006, the U.S. Congress has approved $9 million mostly to address environmental cleanup of Agent Orange. But while the U.S. has provided assistance to Vietnamese with disabilities — regardless of their cause — it maintains that there is no clear link between Agent Orange and health problems.

    Vietnamese officials say the U.S. needs to make a much bigger financial commitment — $6 million has been allocated so far — to adequately address the environmental and health problems unleashed by Agent Orange.

    “Six million dollars is nothing compared to the consequences left behind by Agent Orange,” said Le Ke Son, deputy general administrator of Vietnam’s Environmental Administration. “How much does one Tomahawk missile cost?”…


  5. 30-year-old artillery shell explodes

    Vietnam: A Vietnam war-era artillery shell exploded and killed a villager and seriously wounded his wife in the south of the country on Monday as he was cutting it up for scrap metal.

    Long Duc official Truong Hoang Hai did not name the victim, but said that the village had been a stronghold for national liberation forces during the war and had been heavily bombarded by the US military.

    Vietnamese government figures show that unexploded ordnance has killed more than 42,000 people and wounded almost 62,000 since US troops pulled out of the country in 1975.


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