Int’l friends support Vietnamese Agent Orange victims
10-06-2009, 04:18 pm
Int’l friends support Vietnamese
Agent Orange victims
VOV 06/10/2009 - The Vietnam Association for
Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) on October 6 received US$292,000 donated
by the Greek Embassy in Vietnam, the Overseas Vietnamese Association in Russia
and Viettel Corporation.
Of the sum, the Greek Embassy
donated US$8,810, the Overseas Vietnamese Association (US$3,000) and Viettel
Greek Ambassador to Vietnam
Platon Alexis Hadjimichalis said that after finishing his term in Vietnam he will
persuade the Greek Government to continue support for Vietnamese Agent Orange
victims. He added that in recent years the embassy has taken part in a wide
range of activities to support Vietnamese AO victims. In the near future, the
embassy will present 6,000 euro and 50 wheelchairs to the Ministry of Defence
and 30 propaganda pictures taken during the war to the VietnamMilitaryHistoryMuseum
to raise funds for AO victims.
Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen
Van Rinh, president of VAVA, said that two months after launching the campaign
to support AO victims, VAVA has received VND29 billion from domestic and foreign
The campaign aims to build 500
houses of gratitude and 55 care centres for AO victims, grant 1,100
scholarships and generate 1,100 jobs for children of AO victims. This year,
VAVA will build three AO care centers.
An television programme demanding
justice for the victims will be broadcast live in Vietnam,
the US and France in early
Tran Xuan Thu, General Secretary
and Vice President of VAVA said on October 6 that the broadcast will attract
the attention of the world public. He said that the rejection by a US court of a
suit against US chemical companies does not put an end to the lawsuit. In other
words, the AO victims will continue to demand justice in the US or in a
third country. Some international news online websites will also carry articles
on this campaign.
In April next year, a delegation will come to the US to re-launch
their campaign. VAVA will then go to Russia
and Latin American countries like Cuba,
Venezuela and Argentina to
continue the campaign.