The Vietnamese Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) hosted the Second International Conference of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin in Hanoi August 8-9.
Attending the conference were participants from over 20 countries and 30 organisations, including Agent Orange victims, victims of other toxic chemicals, scientists, lawyers and social activists. The conference coincided with the 50th anniversary of the first spraying of the toxic chemical Agent Orange, on August 10, 1961, by US forces in Vietnam.
During the Vietnam War, from 1961 to 1971, US forces sprayed nearly 80 million litres of herbicides over South Vietnam, of which 61% was Agent Orange, containing at least 366 kg of dioxin, one of the most toxic substances known. This campaign is still claiming victims in Vietnam and around the world everyday.
Hamish Chitts with 4 other members of Agent Orange Justice Australia, travelled to Hanoi to participate, and he will report back on this important global event for the victims and opponents of all chemical weapons.
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0401 586 923