Vietnamese AO victims head to US

September 17, 2008

17:54′ 12/09/2008 (GMT+7)

Nguyen Van Quy (on the wheelchair) on the way to the New York Court of Appeals on June 18, 2007, three weeks before he died.

VietNamNet Bridge – Two Vietnamese Agent Orange victims, Dang Hong Nhut and Tran Thi Hoan, will go to the US from September 27 to October 31 to talk about the consequences of AO/dioxin in Vietnam.

According to Mai The Chinh, an official of the Association of Vietnamese AO/Dioxin Victims, Dang Hong Nhut, 67, from the southern province of Dong Nai, took part in the war of resistance against the US troops and was infected with AO.

Tran Thi Hoan, 22, is missing two limbs as a result of congenital malformation consequent of AO. Hoan is a student at HCM City University.

The two women will go to the US at the invitation of the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign (VAORRC). In 2005 and 2007, Vietnamese AO victims went to the US three times to campaign for the US public’s support for Vietnamese victims in their lawsuit against US chemical companies.

The latest trip to the US by Vietnamese AO victims took place in June 2007. They took part in an oral argument at the US Court of Appeals. Nearly one month after that, two victims, Nguyen Van Quy and Nguyen Thi Hong, died because of dioxin.

Chinh said the Association of Vietnamese AO/Dioxin Victims and lawyers are preparing an appeal to lodge to the US Supreme Court. On February 22, the US Court of Appeals rejected the Vietnamese AO/Dioxin victims’ petition against US chemical companies which produced AO/dioxin used during the Vietnam War. The appeal will be sent to the US Supreme Court between now and early October.

Vietnam currently has around 3 million AO/dioxin victims.

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