As the world discusses the end of ISIS, the third world war, the North Korea threat, and the US imperial foreign policy, it quietly forgets the Vietnam War during which the United States used Agent Orange (a toxic mixture of two herbicides that contained large amounts of dioxin) to wipe out Vietnamese forest cover in order to easily bomb enemy bases.
Between 1962 and 1971, the US army (in cooperation with its corporate allies Monsanto and DOW Chemical), dropped more than 20 million gallons of Agent Orange over Southern Vietnam; the deadly chemical not only destroyed 5 million acres of forests and millions more of farmland but also contaminated the country’s air, water, and food sources. The highly poisonous carcinogen killed over 400,000 civilians, maimed as many, and caused mild to severe birth defects in at least 500,000 newborns.
To this day, many of the children are born with two heads, deformed bodies, twisted limbs, and no eyes. Elders get cancer at alarming rates as mutations caused by Agent Orange continue to wreak havoc in their lives.
These 24 haunting images are a proof the US got away with war crimes, for using Agent Orange as a chemical weapon during the war, and for causing irreparable loss of human life. These horrifying photos must be shared widely to ensure the Nazi war criminals do not get away with atrocities in the future:
#1. A ten-year-old girl born without arms writes in her schoolbook.
#2. A five-year-old boy, born blind and mute because of Agent Orange poisoning, sits at the barred window of an orphanage.
#3. Le Van O., a 14-year-old boy who was born without eyes because of the effects of Agent Orange.
#4. 55-year-old Kan Lay holds her 14-year-old son, born with severe physical disabilities because of Agent Orange.
#5. Tran Thi Nghien bathes her handicapped daughter, an Agent Orange victim who is incapable of bathing herself.
#6. Lt. Kathleen Glover comforts an orphaned Vietnamese child.
#7. 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.
#8. Nguyen Xuan Minh, a four-year child born with severe deformities because of Agent Orange.
#9. Nguyen The Hong Van, a 13-year-old girl who was born with skin disorders and a mental handicap. She grew up near a site where the army stored Agent Orange.
#10. Professor Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong poses for a photo with the handicapped children under her care. Every one of them was born with a defect caused by Agent Orange.
#11. Military personnel demonstrate how to handle an Agent Orange leak, apparently growing increasingly aware of how dangerous the chemical they’d been using really is.
#12. The third-generation child of an Agent Orange victim. Despite the generations between him and the Vietnam War, this boy still feels the effects and lives in a special village for Agent Orange victims.
#13. Hoang Duc Mui, a Vietnamese veteran, speaks to American veterans during a visit to Friendship Village, Hanoi’s shelter for Agent Orange victims.
#14. A soldier, after spraying the land with Agent Orange, tries to wash himself clean in some of the very waters that he had helped pollute.
#15. An American veteran shows the long rashes across his arms that he developed from working with Agent Orange. Under his clothes, the rashes cover half of his body.
#16. Soldiers down below help spray Agent Orange on the jungle, getting a dangerous dose of the chemicals all over their skins in the process.
#17. A helicopter sprays Agent Orange.
#18. A group of American planes fly over top of the jungles and release chemicals meant to kill the trees underneath.
#19. 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.
#20. A massive stack of 55-gallon drums full of Agent Orange waits to be poured over the people of Vietnam.
#21. Three planes fly over Vietnam releasing chemicals.
#22. An aerial photograph showing the effects of Agent Orange. The land on the left hasn’t been sprayed while the land on the right has.
#23. A helicopter sprays Agent Orange on Vietnamese farmland.
#24. Not all of the chemicals were sprayed from above. These soldiers are spraying crops from atop a vehicle, getting up close and personal with the dangerous chemicals.