Len Aldis, activist who fought for Vietnamese Agent Orange victims, dies at 85

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A file photo shows Len Aldis with young victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam. Photo credit: Saigon Giai Phong A file photo shows Len Aldis with young victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam. Photo credit: Saigon Giai Phong


Len Aldis, a British activist known for his enduring campaigns to support Agent Orange victims in Vietnam, died at his home in London last Friday. 
The British-Vietnam Friendship Society, of which Aldis was the secretary, has announced his death. 
East London News reported that the death is being treated as non-suspicious.
Len’s friends had individually been worried that he had not answered or responded to phone calls recently. When they began discovering that none of them had heard from him, they had to ask the police to go round, according to the report.
As secretary of the British-Vietnam Friendship Society, Aldis visited Vietnam frequently, giving money and gifts to the people who had suffered in the Vietnam War, especially those who continued to suffer the effects of Agent Orange, according to East London News.
It was Len who exposed, more than anyone else, how lasting the effects of this chemical warfare were, lasting down four or five generations.
The Vietnamese people responded warmly to his unstinting support and he received a series of honors in recognition of his work, the report said.
It was his disgust at the US use of chemical weapons in the Vietnam War that led to Len spearheading the campaign against Dow Chemical’s sponsorship of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, according to the report. Dow had played a large role in the production of Agent Orange.
Last August, Aldis tried to raise funds for Vietnamese Agent Orange victims by selling souvenirs and handicraft items he brought from Vietnam to the UK during his visits, Vietnam News Agency reported.
Pham Gia Khiem, a former deputy PM and foreign minister, said in a letter sent to Aldis on his 80th birthday in 2010 that the Vietnamese government and people highly appreciated the great contributions of Aldis and his society to Vietnam.

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