Monday, June 03, 2013

Agent Orange: "Do not fear discrimination"

Agent Orange victim isn't afraid to dream big
Vietnamese educator born with health defects encourages the Hong Kong government to let disabled children develop their full potential

03 June, 2013 - "Do not fear discrimination," says Nguyen Sgoc Plniong, who breathes with just half a lung and stands only as tall as a three-year-old. He is one of an estimated 500,000 Vietnamese born with health defects because of exposure to a chemical known as Agent Orange.

The toxic mixture was widely used by the US military during the Vietnam war. In the 1960s and 70s, the US military sprayed 20 million gallons of it on Vietnam to deforest rural areas that guerrilla fighters used as cover. Its use had devastating effects on the local population.

Plniong, 33, and his sister were left disfigured and suffering from severe health problems. read more>>>

VN documentary on AO victims nominated at New York film festival
06/03/2013 - “The Tale of An Phuc House”, a moving documentary featuring local Agent Orange victims, has recently been nominated for the Best Documentary prize at the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF), set to run in New York, the US from June 13 to 20.

The documentary, jointly produced by Canada’s Babel Entertainment in Association and Vietnam’s Crea TV, will vie with four other documentaries for the prize.

Directed, scripted and shot by Canadian director Ivan Tankushev, whose wife is Vietnamese, the 91-minute documentary touchingly depicts the daily life and the tremendous efforts made by almost 20 strong-willed youths who are third-generation Agent Orange victims at Ho Chi Minh City- based the An Phuc Center for People with Disabilities. read more>>>

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