vietnam war

  • BA VI, VIETNAM -MARCH 15: Handicapped orphans rest after eating lunch at the Ba Vi orphanage March 15, in Ba Vi, Vietnam. There are around 125 children who are cared for by medical staff after being abandoned by their parents who cannot afford a severely handicapped child. These young children represent the 3rd generation of Agent Orange victims although many don't ever get the costly tests to prove it. More than 30 years after the war in Vietnam, a battle is still being fought to help people suffering from the effects of Agent Orange. Many of the families living in the remote villages have little access to medical care and don't even understand the medical term for the disability that their children have had since birth. They only know that the herbicide used by the US military during the Vietnam war called Agent orange caused this and the government gives monthly support of about $8 dollars per handicapped individual . Between 1961 and 1971, the U.S military sprayed nearly 20 million gallons of Agent Orange and other herbicides across Vietnam in an attempt to kill vegetation that hid the enemy. Much of it contained the toxic nerve gas called dioxin. After so many years has past, studies have stated that lingering health and environmental problems effected an estimated 3 million Vietnamese, including 150,000 children. As a result an increased number of Vietnamese children have been born with severe birth defects and Down syndrome since the war ended in 1975. Recently, Vietnamese and U.S policymakers have finally started the first phase to clean up environmental damage leftover from the chemical defoliant. The action plan urges the U.S government to provide an estimated $30 million annually over 10 years to clean up sites still contaminated by dioxin. (Photo by Paula Bronstein /Getty Images)
    September 27, 2017  

    At the height of the Vietnam War in 1968, two young Americans who shared a sense of service made two very different decisions: one joined the Marine Corps and one went to Saigon to help war orphans. Decades later, they share a common mission to help victims of illnesses caused by exposure to Agent Orange from the war. Special correspondent Mike Cerre reports. Continue reading

  • September 19, 2017  

    Rebecca Rusch has spent most of her life wondering what happened to the father who left for Vietnam and never came back. As a tribute to him and closure for her family, Rusch rode nearly 1,200 miles along the Ho Chi Minh Trail to visit the site where her dad’s plane was shot down in Laos in 1972. But her journey was just the beginning. Special correspondent Mike Cerre reports. Continue reading

  • November 25, 2016  

    In the days after Thanksgiving, malls will be packed with bargain hunters. But the following week, many shoppers will participate in “Giving Tuesday,” an occasion that focuses on charity. One company that may attract attention: Article 22, which aims to convert unexploded bombs in Laos, left over from the Vietnam War, into jewelry. Proceeds fund the cleanup of these dangerous legacies of conflict.
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  • September 6, 2016  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, Congress came back from its summer recess with a full plate. It has less than a month to pass a funding bill and is under pressure to deliver a package to fight Florida’s homegrown Zika outbreak. Also, security forces in Afghanistan ended a standoff with three gunmen who had seized a building in Kabul. Continue reading

  • September 6, 2016  

    The United States dropped 270 million bombs on Laos between 1964 and 1973. On Tuesday, President Obama became the first U.S. president to visit the country, promising to provide the Laotian people to remove the unexploded bombs that remain. Special correspondent Mike Cerre offers a glimpse of life in Laos today and the mission to end the deadly legacy of the Vietnam War. Continue reading

  • August 18, 2016  

    Airstrikes are a constant in Aleppo, Syria. But this week, global attention was captured by a haunting snapshot of one strike’s aftermath: a 5-year-old boy bloodied, dust covered and dazed. Such images have a history of going viral. But do they make an impact? Hari Sreenivasan asks Susan Moeller, a professor of journalism at the University of Maryland, and the New York Times’ Anne Barnard.

    *An editor’s note: the 1972 napalm airstrike in Vietnam that led to the iconic photo of a naked, burned young girl running down a road that is mentioned in this conversation was conducted by the air force of South Vietnam, not the United States. Continue reading

  • July 18, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, a third Baltimore officer was acquitted Monday in the riot-inspiring death of Freddie Gray.; two more are awaiting trial and the trial of a sixth officer ended in a hung jury. Also, after initially saying the opposite, French officials now say there is evidence that the man who killed 84 people in a truck attack in nice, had been radicalized just recently. Continue reading

  • May 20, 2016  

    Ted Osius’ path to becoming U.S. ambassador to Vietnam began with bicycle diplomacy, soon after relations with Hanoi were restored in 1995. As a consular officer, he pedaled the countryside and endeared himself to the Vietnamese. Osius is gay and married, and represents a modern America: “I’m white, my husband’s black and our kids are brown,” he says. Special correspondent Mike Cerre reports. Continue reading

  • April 28, 2016   BY  

    WASHINGTON — Women would be required to register for the military draft under a House committee’s bill that comes just months after the Defense Department lifted all gender-based restrictions on front-line combat units. Continue reading

  • April 11, 2016   BY  

    Ocean Vuong subverts the historical erasure of stories like his: of immigration, of queerness, of the aftermath of war. Continue reading

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