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BIOGRAPHIES
OF THE VIETNAMESE AGENT ORANGE DELEGATION

THE 2005 AGENT ORANGE JUSTICE TOUR
NOV. 13-DEC. 12, 2005

 

Dr. NGUYỄN TRỌNG NHÂN — born 4 October 1930 in Hanoi-Vietnam.
1950-1953: Served in the People’s Army of Vietnam.
1953-1964: Studied medicine at the Hanoi Medical University, specializing in ophthalmology.
1964-1984: Ophthalmologist at the National Institute of Ophthalmology in Hanoi.
1984-1995: Director of the National Institute of Ophthalmology.
1992-1995: Minister of Health. Visited the United States and met President George H. W. Bush in Houston in 1994.
1987-2003: President of the Vietnam National Red Cross. Participating in the National Convention of American Red Cross in 2001 and 2002. Met President William J. Clinton in Hanoi in 2000.
1992-2002: Member of the Vietnamese National Assembly.
2003-today: Vice President of the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA)

Mrs. ĐẶNG THỊ HỒNG NHỰT — born December 12, 1936, married in 1959, had her first healthy son in 1960. Between 1961 and 1966 she joined the resistance forces in the Southeastern region (included Tây Ninh, Bình Dương, Củ Chi), which was heavily sprayed with Agent Orange in May 1965 and she was directly exposed during the period. Between 1966 and 1972 she was arrested and imprisoned by the US-supported government. She suffered from skin rashes and diarrhea. In 1973 she suffered a miscarriage in her 2nd month of pregnancy. In 1975, she again suffered a miscarriage in the 1st month of pregnancy. In 1977, she gave birth to a congenitally deformed still-born child in the 5th month of pregnancy. In 1980, she again had a miscarriage in the 2nd month of pregnancy. In 2002, she underwent surgery to remove an intestinal tumor. In 2003, she underwent another operation to remove a tumor from her thyroid gland. Her husband was a resistance fighter in the same South-eastern region between 1960 and 1975, who was diagnosed to have an intestinal tumor, metastasizing to the lung and the liver. He died in May 1999.

Mr. HỒ SỸ HẢI — born July 23, 1944. Between 1965 and 1973 he was an army truck driver. He was exposed to toxic chemicals in Atopơ, Phước Long, and Quảng Trị. Subsequently, he suffered from chronic hepatitis, gastro-duodenal ulcer, enterolitis, unstable blood pressure, and prostate cancer. During the war, his wife served in the army as a communication assistant. They had two sons born in 1970 and 1973, who are both congenitally deaf and dumb. A daughter was born in 1975, and died in 1979. A son was born in 1980, who suffered from a mental disorder. Hai’s wife also had two still-born children.

Mr. NGUYỄN MƯỜI — born August 10, 1983, suffers from spina bifida. His father, NGUYỄN ĐÌNH THÀNH, born April 10, 1946, was a former soldier in the former South Vietnamese army (ARVN) who was exposed to toxic chemicals in approximately June 1970. Mr. THÀNH suffered from headaches, nausea and vomiting, colic, and dyspnea. Nguyễn Mười’s mother had two miscarriages in 1974 and 1976. His visa was denied by the U.S. government.

 

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