The Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange (AO)/Dioxin (VAVA) sent an open letter on April 9th calling for support to an AO victim’s lawsuit against 26 US chemical companies that produced the chemical toxins sprayed by the US army in the war in Vietnam. Vietnamese-French Tran Thi To Nga, born in 1942, became a war correspondent of the Liberation News Agency after graduating from a Hanoi university in 1966. She worked in some of the most heavily AO/Dioxin affected areas in southern Vietnam such as Cu Chi, Ben Cat and along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, ultimately experiencing effects of contamination. Among her three children, the first child died of heart defects while the second suffered from a blood disease. In 2009, Nga, who contracted a number of acute diseases, appeared as a witness at the Court of Public Opinion in Paris, France against US chemical companies. In May last year, she and the Paris-based William Bourdon & Forestier law firm filed a lawsuit against 26 US chemical firms for producing chemical toxins sprayed by the US army in the war in Vietnam, causing serious consequences for the community, her and her children. The complaint and related documents were… Read full this story
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