From 1961 to 1971, the United States undertook a massive defoliation program as an instrument of war, over the years poisoning an estimated 4.8 million Vietnamese. The initial testing of chemical herbicides occurred in Konton province on August 10, 1961. Two weeks later, a second test run took place along Highway 13 north of the city known as Saigon. And then President Kennedy signed an executive order that began the massive defoliation program as an instrument of war.
August 10, 2016: Members of the US Science delegation
join with VAVA to commemorate Agent Orange Day 55 years
after the beginning of the use of AO in Vietnam. Marie
Elivert (middle left) stands next to Pham Thi Nhi,
second generation AO victim. At the far right in
uniform is Mr. Nguyen Van Rinh, President of VAVA.
This herbicidal warfare program has been considered by most of the international community to be a violation of international law and a war crime... Read More