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February 9, 2010
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Feb 7, 2010, 5:03:01 PM
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victims by garki victims by garki
Hang Trong street, Hanoi, Vietnam
A father and a son go selling ballpens and toothpicks around the city. A ballpen is worth 40 cents and each toothpicks box is worth 20 cents.
There were so many untalkable thoughts in my mind while watching this family, and they are still there now.
The father, a veteran from Vietnam war, what did he fight for? for independence of his motherland, for freedom of his countrymen or for the happiness of his family. But now, peoples around him can live in peace except him. He not only spent his youth in the war but also his entire life with the burdens from it.
The son, a victim of dioxin poisoning since he was born, he can't talk, he can't control his acts and he can't enjoy the independence, the freedom, the happiness his father risked his life for.
How many victims can you see here?
Although the war has been over for 35 years, its images still remain around us...

In 1961 and 1962, the Kennedy administration authorized the use of chemicals to destroy rice crops. Between 1961 and 1967, the U.S. Air Force sprayed 20 million U.S. gallons (75,700,000 L) of concentrated herbicides over 6 million acres (24,000 km2) of crops and trees, affecting an estimated 13% of South Vietnam's land. In 1965, 42% of all herbicide was sprayed over food crops. Another purpose of herbicide use was to drive civilian populations into RVN-controlled areas.

As of 2006, the Vietnamese government estimates that there are over 4,000,000 victims of dioxin poisoning in Vietnam, although the United States government denies any conclusive scientific links between Agent Orange and the Vietnamese victims of dioxin poisoning. In some areas of southern Vietnam dioxin levels remain at over 100 times the accepted international standard.

The U.S. Veterans Administration has listed prostate cancer, respiratory cancers, multiple myeloma, type II diabetes, B-cell lymphomas, soft tissue sarcoma, chloracne, porphyria cutanea tarda, peripheral neuropathy, and spina bifida in children of veterans exposed to Agent Orange. Although there has been much discussion over whether the use of these defoliants constituted a violation of the laws of war, the defoliants were not considered weapons, since exposure to them did not lead to immediate death or incapacitation.
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Given 2010-02-16
victims by ~garki. Quoting the suggester: There's something about this picture that struck me - maybe it was the expression on the boy's face, maybe it was his fathers posture ... maybe it was all of that together with the thoughts the artist expressed in his comment. War always lasts longer than the battles on the field. ( Suggested by ManicChipmunk and Featured by bQw )

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dukeofspade Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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Hope you like it :)
Happy Father's Day :D
bchristyc Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this photo. The defeat of the father is captured is his child's energy. Agent orange sucks. I know from personal experience.
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Tanner4321 Oct 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
this is soooo moving
Nattygrego Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very powerful image.
noahsamuelmosko Oct 11, 2012  Professional Photographer
:: beautifully captured and great story behind :clap: :clap: :clap:
hey must it been one of those victor charlies
NebetSeta Apr 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Well... the USA and Canada also used the same agent on their own people. It sucks. Like with the nuclear radiation people still suffer from in Japan... I wish I could say something that would make all the 'bad' go away. I can't. This is a moving picture; and, I am sorry for all the hardships suffered by this man, his son, and all others who have been affected by warfare. It's just sad. Sadder still that the lessons to be learned have probably gone unheeded.
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