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|Agent Orange Survivors Call for Relief and Responsibility|
|Date||Saturday December 10|
|Time||2:00 PM - 4:00 PM|
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401 Van Ness Avenue, Room 212
opposite City Hall
The Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) complete their 11 cities tour Friday December 9th and Saturday December 10th in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1973 the U.S. promised to contribute $3 billion dollars toward healing the wounds of war and for post-war reconstruction of Vietnam. Little has been forthcoming. Today the effects of the dioxin Agent Orange continues to plague both the land and people of Vietnam as well as U.S. Vietnam veterans. Veterans for Peace, American Friends Service Committee, Global Exchange, VietUnity, the U.S.-Vietnam Friendship Association, and the Dow Accountability Project are co-sponsoring this effort to educate the U.S. public, secure relief funds for VAVA support activities (checks to “Veterans for Peace/VAVA”), and hold accountable the U.S government and corporations such as Monsanto and Dow. See website at http://www.vn-agentorange.org.
Two survivors of exposure, Dang Thi Hong who has suffered multiple miscarriages, and Ho Sy Hai, army veteran truck driver suffers from chronic hepatitis among other afflictions, are joined in the speaking tour by Dr. Nguyen Trong Nhan, former President of the Vietnam Red Cross and VAVA official. Pre-arrival interviews available by telephone through Merle Ratner (917-733-2100). .