Agent Orange dropped in Vietnam
Effects of Agent Orange
One of the deadly herbicides and defoliants used by the U.S. military as part of its herbicidal warfare program during the Vietnam War.
The goal was to defoliate rural/forested land, depriving Vietcong fighters from the natural green cover and food.
Between 1960 and 1970, American aircrafts dropped more than 86,000,000 liters of herbicides over a surface area of 6,000,000 acres in Vietnam. It acquired its name from the color of the gallons it was filled in. This agent contains Dioxin, one of the most toxic substances in the world.
In Vietnam, two million Vietnamese citizens were exposed to around 500 pounds of Dioxin. As a consequence, rare kinds of cancer as well as birth defects that could extend to the third generation spread across the country. The Vietnamese government estimated the number of babies born with birth defects due to the use of these chemicals at 500,000.
The U.S didn’t even bother to pay the Vietnamese people any compensation.