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36 years later
Vietnam is starting the first phase of a plan to clean up the environmental damage from the hazardous chemical Agent Orange, which was used by the US military during the Vietnam War.
The joint project with the former enemy, the United States, concentrates on a hotspot where the defoliant was stored by the Americans.
Vietnam’s Ministry of Defense will sweep areas around Danang Airport for unexploded ordnance. Then the operation to remove dioxin from soil and sediment at the site will commence. Dioxin, a chemical used in Agent Orange, has lasting health and environmental affects.
Now they are suffering the consequences of Agent Orange contamination, long after they left Vietnam. The worst thing is that the war debris they leave just goes on killing. The bombs they dropped on Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos are still exploding, killing and maiming thousands every year. The Vietnamese Red Cross says as many as 3 million people have been affected by the chemical, including at least 150,000 children born with severe birth defects. Every time we invade a little country, we are showing the world how “small” we really are.
Ted Rudow III, MA