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Agent Orange Victims: Haunting Photos Of The Unpunished War Crimes Of U.S. In Vietnam War

Agent Orange was a toxic herbicide used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam war from 1961 to 1971. The U.S. operation codenamed “Operation Ranch Hand” sprayed more than 20 million gallons of Agent Orange and several other toxic herbicides over Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. These deadly herbicides destroyed and infected more than 4.5 million acres of Vietnamese land, forests, water sources, and food crops, which were the main source of food for combatants and millions of Vietnamese. Over 400,000 people died as a result of exposure to these toxic chemicals and starvation. In addition, half a million children have been born with serious congenital disabilities, and over two million people are suffering from cancer and other illness caused by Agent Orange.

Agent Orange and its harmful effects

During Operation Ranch Hand, U.S. military used Agent Orange, which was available in slightly different mixtures, sometimes referred to as Agent Orange I, Agent Orange II, Agent Orange III and “Super Orange.” The Agent Orange was manufactured with harmful ingredients, which caused plants to lose their leaves. The Dioxin in Agent Orange lasts many years in the environment and food chain. And it accumulates in fatty tissues in the bodies of animals, birds and fishes that humans eat. It can cause severe skin disease known as chloracne. Additionally, dioxin is linked to immune system dysfunction, never disorder, and heart diseases. Developing fetuses are particularly sensitive to dioxin, which is also linked to miscarriages, spina bifida and other problems with fetal brain and nervous system development.

In addition to Agent Orange, the U.S. military also used other harmful herbicides named Agent Green, Agent Pink, Agent Purple Agent Blue and Agent White. All of them had long-lasting effects on the environment.

Effects of Agent Orange on U.S. veteran’s health

The Agent Orange also effected the returning U.S military servicemen and their families. Several diseases were reported, including rashes congenital disabilities in children, cancer, Hodgkin’s disease, leukoma and other psychological symptoms. Chemical companies that manufactured these herbicides paid $240 million in compensation to the veterans and their families. In 2004, Vietnam filed a lawsuit against these chemical companies, but their case was dismissed after a year. In 2008 the U.S. supreme court also rejected their final appeal causing outrage among Vietnamese victims. The U.S. government refused to compensate Vietnamese victims of chemical warfare.

People are still suffering from the effects of Agent Orange even after 50 years of the Vietnam war. Here below are some of the photos of the victims of Agent Orange.

#1 A group of children with malformations played in July 1993 at the Agent Orange Victim Care Center in the Tu-Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.

A group of children with malformations played in July 1993 at the Agent Orange Victim Care Center in the Tu-Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.

The parents of the damaged children came into contact with the dioxin-containing tree deflowering agent "Agent Orange" during the Vietnam War.

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#2 Le Van O., a 14-year-old boy who was born without eyes because of the effects of Agent Orange, Hanoi, Vietnam. March 28, 2006.

Le Van O., a 14-year-old boy who was born without eyes because of the effects of Agent Orange, Hanoi, Vietnam. March 28, 2006.

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#3 Thai Thi Nga, 15, of Hanoi’s Friendship Village who is victim of agent orange sings during a ceremony held 10 August 2004

Thai Thi Nga, 15, of Hanoi's Friendship Village who is victim of agent orange sings during a ceremony held 10 August 2004

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#4 Le Anh The, a Vietnam War veteran and his wife Hoang Thi Huong, 45, looking at their Agent Orange affected 17-year-old son Le Anh Hung.

Le Anh The, a Vietnam War veteran and his wife Hoang Thi Huong, 45, looking at their Agent Orange affected 17-year-old son Le Anh Hung.

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#5 Nguyen Xuan Minh lays in a crib at the Tu Du Hospital May 2, 2005 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Nguyen Xuan Minh  lays in a crib at the Tu Du Hospital May 2, 2005 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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#6 A disabled and malformed victim of foliant Agent Orange, begs on the streets of Saigon to make a living, 1996

A disabled and malformed victim of foliant Agent Orange, begs on the streets of Saigon to make a living, 1996

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#7 A ten-year-old girl born without arms writes in her schoolbook, Ho Chi Min City, 2004

A ten-year-old girl born without arms writes in her schoolbook, Ho Chi Min City, 2004

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#8 Agent Orange affected 20-year-old girl Nguyen Thi Hoa lies on a bed at her house in Nhan Loc commune, 2004

Agent Orange affected 20-year-old girl Nguyen Thi Hoa lies on a bed at her house in Nhan Loc commune,  2004

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#9 Jars of deformed fetuses following the mother’s exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange on display at Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, 2005

Jars of deformed fetuses following the mother's exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange on display at Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, 2005

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#10 Nguyen Thi Van Long, 17, a victim of the agent orange, 1998

Nguyen Thi Van Long, 17, a victim of the agent orange, 1998

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#11 A five-year-old boy, born blind and mute because of Agent Orange poisoning, sits at the barred window of an orphanage, Hue, 2011

A five-year-old boy, born blind and mute because of Agent Orange poisoning, sits at the barred window of an orphanage, Hue, 2011

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#12 Boys who are suffering from mental diseases caused by the agent orange, 2003

Boys who are suffering from mental diseases caused by the agent orange, 2003

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#13 Another agent orange victim that can only move around in a wheelchair, 2004

Another agent orange victim that can only move around in a wheelchair, 2004

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#14 Nguyen Viet, 23 years old, lays on his bed at the Tu Du Hospital May 2, 2005

Nguyen Viet, 23 years old, lays on his bed at the Tu Du Hospital May 2, 2005

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#15 A helicopter sprays Agent Orange, Vietnam, 1969

A helicopter sprays Agent Orange, Vietnam, 1969

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#16 A child born without eyes lies in bed at an orphanage that takes care of 125 children, all born with disabilities because of Agent Orange, 2011

A child born without eyes lies in bed at an orphanage that takes care of 125 children, all born with disabilities because of Agent Orange, 2011

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#17 Jars at Tu Du Hospital which contain foetuses deformed as a result of the United States’ herbicidal warfare program (Operation Ranch Hand) during the Vietnam War, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 1995.

Jars at Tu Du Hospital which contain foetuses deformed as a result of the  United States' herbicidal warfare program (Operation Ranch Hand) during the Vietnam War, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 1995.

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#18 A Vietnamese nurse holds an armless one-year-old baby allegedly affected by Agent Orange, 1995

A Vietnamese nurse holds an armless one-year-old baby allegedly affected by Agent Orange, 1995

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#19 Nguyen Quy Hoa, who was born in 1982 in a village for the Vietnamese child martyrs of Agent Orange poisoning, 2005

Nguyen Quy Hoa, who was born in 1982 in a village for the Vietnamese child martyrs of Agent Orange poisoning, 2005

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#20 A child is hugged by a nurse at the Peace Village at Tu Du hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, 2005

A child is hugged by a nurse at the Peace Village at Tu Du hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, 2005

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#21 Boys play at the Peace Village at Tu Du hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, 2005

Boys play at the Peace Village at Tu Du hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, 2005

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#22 A handicapped child lies in his crib at the Tu Du hospital May 1, 2005 in Ho Chi Minh City

A handicapped child lies in his crib at the Tu Du hospital May 1, 2005 in Ho Chi Minh City

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#23 Tran Thi Ha, 9 years, lies in a crib at the Tu Du hospital May 1, 2005 in Ho Chi Minh City. He has been deformed since birth from the effects of the defoliant Agent Orange

Tran Thi Ha, 9 years, lies in a crib at the Tu Du hospital May 1, 2005 in Ho Chi Minh City. He has been deformed since birth from the effects of the defoliant Agent Orange

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#24 Khung Thoung Sinh, age 3, sucks his thumb at the Tu Du Hospital May 2, 2005

Khung Thoung Sinh, age 3, sucks his thumb at the Tu Du Hospital May 2, 2005

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#25 Khung Thoung Sinh, age 3, is held by a nurse at the Tu Du Hospital May 2, 2005 in Ho Chi Minh City

Khung Thoung Sinh, age 3, is held by a nurse at the Tu Du Hospital May 2, 2005 in Ho Chi Minh City

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#26 Pham Thi Phuong, 10 years old, lays on his bed at the Tu Du Hospital May 2, 200

Pham Thi Phuong, 10 years old, lays on his bed at the Tu Du Hospital May 2, 200

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#27 Agent Orange victim Nguyen Thi Nam Ha, 21 is taken care of by her mother Tran Thi Huyen, 57, at their house in Vung Tau.

Agent Orange victim Nguyen Thi Nam Ha, 21 is taken care of by her mother Tran Thi Huyen, 57, at their house in Vung Tau.

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#28 Children abandoned by their parents at birth at the Centre of Aged People and Disabled Children in Ba Vi district, Ha Tay province

Children abandoned by their parents at birth at the Centre of Aged People and Disabled Children in Ba Vi district, Ha Tay province

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#29 A man begs for money outside of a cathedral. He was born with a deformed arm because of Agent Orange, and it makes it nearly impossible for him to find work.

A man begs for money outside of a cathedral. He was born with a deformed arm because of Agent Orange, and it makes it nearly impossible for him to find work.

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#30 Disabled and malformed children, all from agent orange infected parents, 1998

Disabled and malformed children, all from agent orange infected parents, 1998

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#31 Tran Thi Chua, 59, a landmine victim from the Vietnam War, 2000

Tran Thi Chua, 59, a landmine victim from the Vietnam War, 2000

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#32 Eighth-year-old Agent Orange affected Hoang Trong Hung lies looking out from his house at Lien Thuy commune, 2004

Eighth-year-old Agent Orange affected Hoang Trong Hung lies looking out from his house at Lien Thuy commune, 2004

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#33 Agent-orange affected 20-year-old girl Nguyen Thi Hoa is placed on a wheelchair at their home in Nhan Loc commune, 2004

Agent-orange affected 20-year-old girl Nguyen Thi Hoa is placed on a wheelchair at their home in Nhan Loc commune, 2004

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#34 Five-year-old Agent Orange victim Xuan Minh, 2005

Five-year-old Agent Orange victim Xuan Minh, 2005

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#35 Ten-year-old Tran Binh Minhn and 11-year-old Pham Thi Thuy Linh, both Agent Orange victims and handicapped, learning to write with their feet at the Peace Village in Tu Du hospital, 2005

Ten-year-old Tran Binh Minhn and 11-year-old Pham Thi Thuy Linh, both Agent Orange victims and handicapped, learning to write with their feet at the Peace Village in Tu Du hospital, 2005

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#36 A friendship village for the Vietnamese child martyrs of Agent Orange poisoning on March 8Th, 2005

A friendship village for the Vietnamese child martyrs of Agent Orange poisoning on March 8Th, 2005

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#37 Nurses feed children with birth defects as a result of their parents exposure to the defoliant Agent Orange, 2005

Nurses feed children with birth defects as a result of their parents exposure to the defoliant Agent Orange, 2005

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#38 Nurses feed a little girl born without eyes as a result of her parents exposure to the defoliant Agent Orange, 2005

Nurses feed a little girl born without eyes as a result of her parents exposure to the defoliant Agent Orange, 2005

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#39 Nurses feed children with birth defects as a result of their parents exposure to the defoliant Agent Orange, 2005

Nurses feed children with birth defects as a result of their parents exposure to the defoliant Agent Orange, 2005

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#40 A smiling boy sits in a wheelchair at the Peace Village at Tu Du hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, 2005

A smiling boy sits in a wheelchair at the Peace Village at Tu Du hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, 2005

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#41 Jars of deformed fetuses following the mother’s exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange on display at Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, 2005

Jars of deformed fetuses following the mother's exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange on display at Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, 2005

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#42 Khung Thoung Sinh, age 3, is fed by a nurse at the Tu Du Hospital May 2, 2005

Khung Thoung Sinh, age 3, is fed by a nurse at the Tu Du Hospital May 2, 2005

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#43 Tran Anh Kiet, 22, lies on a bed next to his mother Le Thi Hiep, 63, in his family’s house in Cu Chi district, Ho Chi Minh city 14 June 2005.

Tran Anh Kiet, 22, lies on a bed next to his mother Le Thi Hiep, 63, in his family's house in Cu Chi district, Ho Chi Minh city 14 June 2005.

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#44 Le Thi Nhon and her younger sister Le Thi Hoa, both victims of agent orange used during the Vietnam War, 1995

Le Thi Nhon and her younger sister Le Thi Hoa, both victims of agent orange used during the Vietnam War, 1995

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#45 A child is tied to his cot to prevent him from injury at the Peace Village at Tu Du hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, 2005

A child is tied to his cot to prevent him from injury at the Peace Village at Tu Du hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, 2005

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#46 A boy with no feet sits on a chair at the Peace Village at Tu Du hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, 2004

A boy with no feet sits on a chair at the Peace Village at Tu Du hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, 2004

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#47 Truong Tan Thong, a 25-year-old soldier’s son who has spent most of his life in a playpen. He is a victim of the Agent Orange legacy, 20 April 2005

Truong Tan Thong, a 25-year-old soldier's son who has spent most of his life in a playpen. He is a victim of the Agent Orange legacy, 20 April 2005

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#48 Tran Minh Anh, 11, who suffers from “fish skin” disease, from the effects of agent orange, lies on a bed with his hands tied up, at the Peace Village in Tu Du hospital,

Tran Minh Anh, 11, who suffers from "fish skin" disease, from the effects of agent orange, lies on a bed with his hands tied up, at the Peace Village in Tu Du hospital,

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#49 USAF UC 123K plane spraying dioxin-tainted herbicide/defoliant Agent Orange, in Vietnam war defensive measure, 1970

USAF UC 123K plane spraying dioxin-tainted herbicide/defoliant Agent Orange, in Vietnam war defensive measure, 1970

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#50 A child born with birth defects, Ho Chi Minh City, 1985

A child born with birth defects, Ho Chi Minh City, 1985

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