Art programme helps ease AO victims’ pain

Sunday, 2019-08-11 16:08:22
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NDO – An art exchange programme was held in Hanoi, on August 10 by the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange (AO)/Dioxin (VAVA) to mark the Day for AO/Dioxin Victims (August 10).

The event was attended by Politburo member and Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh; and Chairman of the Vietnam Association of Victims of AO/Dioxin, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Rinh.

Speaking at the programme, Politburo member Truong Hoa Binh affirmed that the Agent Orange disaster is one of the most serious consequences of the chemical war conducted in Vietnam, causing millions of children to suffer malformations or birth defects; many women may no longer be wives or mothers; and many others are dying. Agent Orange/dioxin has polluted the land and water of many localities, causing environmental damage and seriously threatening people's lives.

Truong Hoa Binh highly appreciated the party committees, authorities, organisations, businesses and benefactors who had many practical contributions to join hands to ease AO victims’ pain. At the same time, he praised the VAVA for their efforts to help AO victims in their lives and for supporting the fight to claim justice for them.

The Permanent Deputy Prime Minister called on organisations and individuals at home as well as the international community to join hands to help ease the suffering of AO victims and improve their lives.

At the programme, Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh and Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Rinh presented certificates to the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange / Dioxin, individuals and organisations for their contributions to Agent Orange victims. On this occasion, the organizing board announced the results from the auction of paintings to raise funds in support of Agent Orange victims.

On the same day, the Association of AO/Dioxin Victims of Dien Bien, Quang Ninh provinces organised many activities, such as presenting gifts and organising free medical consultancy and examination to support AO victims.