Life after the Vietnam war

Created by Rebecca & Taela

South Vietnamese people

Every Vietnamese, especially South Vietnamese, was affected by the war as the US Military was 'with' the North and 'against' the South of Vietnam. On the 30th of April 1975, Sai Gon the capital of the South Vietnam, was controlled by the North. Thousands upon thousands of the South made their way to the US Military hoping they could escape from their country. They tried to climb over the wall into the base, in hopes that they would be evacuated. The US military was forced to beat people down off the wall with their guns and at one point even tossed a grenade into the crowd of civilians below. Many Vietnamese had their homes destroyed, families split apart and everyone had lost someone close to them. The end of the Vietnam War was the first time that Vietnam was not a part in substantial civil war or active military conflict in many years.

Agent Orange

Agent Orange is the code name for herbicide and defoliant used by the US military during the Vietnam War. More then 79,000,000 gallons of Agent Orange were sprayed across South Vietnam. First Agent Orange killed the rainforests to destroy the armies covers then 4.8 million Vietnamese people, resulting in 400,000 deaths and disabilities, and 500,000 children were born with birth defects. Although the war is over, for the next 40 years, Agent Orange have caused health problems with children born at the time, growing up with life long disabilites and will never have a normal life.

From 1961 to 1971, Agent Orange was the most widely used of the “Rainbow Herbicides”. During the production of Agent Orange dioxins were produced as a contaminant, which have caused health problems for those who were exposed during the Vietnam War. Agent Blue and White were part of the same program but they did not contain dioxins. On March 2, 2009, the US Supreme Court rejected the appeal by Vietnamese Agent Orange/Dioxin victims against American chemical companies over the use of the Agent Orange/Dioxin during the Vietnam War.

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