During a meeting with a VAVA delegation led by its president, Sr. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Van Rinh, in Hanoi on the occasion of the 57th anniversary of the Day for AO/Dioxin Victims (August 10, 1961), the Government leader also noted that the association has made active efforts in demanding justice for those affected by AO/Dioxin.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaking at the event

The efforts have drawn public attention both at home and overseas calling on the US Government to recognize their responsibility and take concrete actions, he stressed, adding that VAVA has also advised Party and governmental leaders on formulating special policies for victims and raising public awareness of the effects of the toxic chemical on human health.

The PM said he wants local Party committees and authorities to work alongside with businesses to provide aid for the victims and help them integrate into the society in the time ahead. He also voiced hope that VAVA will continue keeping their good work to overcome difficulties and fulfill their tasks.

Rinh, for his part, thanked the Party, State and Government for the support given to the AO/Dioxin victims over the past years.

It was estimated that about 4.8 million Vietnamese people were exposed to AO/Dioxin and there have been fourth-generation victims, many of who have to struggle every day to make ends meet. Some 350,000 victims and their children are receiving financial support monthly.

As of March 2018, the association had raised more than VND 1.7 trillion (USD 73.1 million) to build 25 support centers and houses for them and award their children with scholarships.

Source: VNA