Here’s my annual reminder that wars never really end, posted on the anniversary of my 2010 visit to the Thanhxuan Peace Village, or Lang Hoa Binh Than Xuan, an orphanage, school and clinic in Hanoi set up specifically for victims of Agent Orange.
October marks the anniversary of when U.S. forces first began dropping Agent Orange on southern Vietnam. That was 54 years ago; ultimately, what was wryly known as “Operation Ranch Hand” left nearly five million people infected with the especially virulent strain of dioxin. The visit to Thanhxuan introduced me to dioxin’s third generation.
If you have a few minutes, please check out the original post. It’s among my favorite on the blog, describing an afternoon that I still think about every day.