60 Years of Pain: Exhibition on the Lingering Effects of Agent Orange

On July 13, the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin, the National Action Centre for Toxic Chemicals and Environmental Treatment, Office 701, the International Center for Research and Postgraduate Training on Mathematics and Vingroup Innovation Fund jointly launched the exhibition reflecting on 60 years of the Agent Orange/Dioxin disaster in Vietnam. The exhibition was held at the Vietnam Military History Museum.

The launching ceremony was attended by Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics Sen. Lieut. Gen. Tran Quang Phuong, President of the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Van Rinh, Deputy Head of the Central Propaganda Department Phung Xuan Nha, Director of the Military Medical University Lt. Gen. Do Quyet, Director of Vietnam Military History Museum Col. Le Vu Huy, representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam, Director of the United States Agency for International Development, representatives of the Vietnam – Korea Mine Action project and other agencies.

Cutting the ribbon to launch the exhibition. Photo: Vietnam Times

The exhibition shows more than 300 photos, documents and items, focusing on 4 areas: The disaster and the pain it has inflicted, remedying the aftermath, arms of compassion and the journey to demand justice for Agent Orange victims, and the victims’ desire to rise.

The exhibition is held both directly at the Vietnam Military History Museum from July 13 to August 12 and online via the official website (www.trienlamdacam.vn), the portal of the Ministry of National Defense Chemical Arms (http://binhchunghoahoc.vn), website of the Office of the National Steering Committee on the Settlement of Post-war Unexploded Ordnance and Toxic Chemical Consequences (Office 701) (http://office701.gov.vn), website of the National Coordinating Committee on Disability http://ncd.btxh.gov.vn, website of the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (http://vava.org.vn), website of the International Center for Research and Postgraduate Training on Mathematics (http://icrtm.vast.vn), and website of the Vingroup Innovation Fund (https://www.vinif.org). The online exhibition is held from July 13 to December 31, 2021.

The Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin has been holding various activities in Hanoi and other provinces in 2021, particularly in August.

President of the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Van Rinh speaking at the exhibition. Photo: Vietnam Times

Former Deputy Minister of National Defense - President of the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Van Rinh highlighted that “the exhibition is a politically, socially and humanely significant event to mark the 74th War Invalids and Martyrs Day and the 60th anniversary of the Agent Orange disaster in Vietnam (August 10, 1961 – August 10, 2021) and celebrate the Day for Vietnamese Victims of Agency Orange.”

The exhibition also aims to raise awareness amongst the Vietnamese community and international friends about the consequences of Agent Orange/dioxin on the environment and human health. Photo: Vietnam Times

The exhibition is an opportunity to gain insights into the efforts of the Communist Party, the government, the military, the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin, mass organizations, Agent Orange victims, the Vietnamese society and international friends in remedying the consequences of Agent Orange / Dioxin, calling for solidarity in the fight against popularizing weapons of mass destructions and supporting the fight for justice for Agent Orange/dioxin victims in Vietnam.

Participants at the exhibition. Photo: Vietnam Times

Col. Le Vu Huy, director of the Vietnam Military History Museum, said the exhibition is a practical activity to look back on 60 years of the Agent Orange disaster in Vietnam. It sends out messages of peace and the desire to rise above of humanity, particularly the desire to live, work and contribute of Agent Orange victims and the joint efforts of the society to remedy the consequences of war toward a brighter future. At the same time, it awakes the conscience of peace lovers across the globe.

(vietnamtimes.org.vn)