Children afflicted by Agent Orange need to receive the best supports in education and in achieving family happiness, Vietnam's President Nguyen Minh Triet said during a visit to a humanitarian center in Ho Chi Minh City Friday.
The Tuoi Tre newspaper reported Saturday that president asked the Hoa Binh (Peace) Village, a center belonging to the Tu Du Obstetrics Hospital, to provide the best care for affected children.
The president said he was happy to know that authorities in HCMC have recently granted five hectares of land in Hoc Mon District to Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin so the organization can build a center for the victims to live and work.
Dr. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong, vice chairwoman of the association and former director of Tu Du, said since it was established in 1990, the Hoa Binh Village has admitted and nurtured over 400 children with birth defects caused by dioxin.
Many of them have achieved good academic performances like Tran Thi Hoan, who was born without legs and a hand.
She is currently an undergraduate at the HCMC University of Foreign Languages and Information Technology and has testified three times before the US Congress to call for justice for Vietnam Agent Orange victims, Phuong said.