Vietnamese AO victims get support from Germany

September 17, 2008

09:13′ 09/09/2008 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge – Activities to show support for Vietnamese children and Agent Orange (AO)/Dioxin victims were held during the 12th “Day of Solidarity” in the German capital of Berlin last weekend.

As many as 8,000 Euros were donated on the occasion.

Among others, the Solidarity Service International (SODI) and the Help Children in Vietnam organisation showed pictures about Vietnamese AO victims. SODI also introduced projects relating to mine clearance and resettlement in Vietnam.

As many as 8,000 Euros were donated on the occasion. The money will be used to buy equipment for a primary school in Da Nang Province and to support the Thuy An Rehabilitation Centre in Ba Vi District (Hanoi) where more than 100 AO heavily-affected children are given with care.

SODI opened an online campaign on its website to collect 100,000 signatures to support Vietnamese AO victims’ fight for justice. SODI also called on 37 US chemical companies that supplied AO toxin to the US armed forces during the Vietnam-American War to admit their responsibility and compensate the victims.

The “Day of Solidarity,” initiated in the time of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), became an annual event in 1996 with the aim of raising funds to support development projects in Africa, Asia and the Latin America.

This year’s event, which was held in the Alexanderplatz Square, drew the participation of 31 publishers and newspaper offices, 19 associations for solidarity, three union organisations and some 10,000 visitors.

(Source: VNA)

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