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February 9, 2010
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Date Taken
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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chieutrongveo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Tiếp xúc với người nước ngoài, một số biết đến chiến tranh Việt Nam, một bạn Mỹ của mình luôn cảm thấy có lỗi mặc dù anh ấy không tham chiến. Thật sự anh ấy không muốn nhìn thấy những hình ảnh khơi gợi quá khứ tàn bạo như vậy. Hãy nắm tay nhau và gắn kết, quá khứ đau thương qua rồi.
dukeofspade Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Special feature here: [link]
Hope you like it :)
Happy Father's Day :D
bchristyc Featured By Owner 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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UncleTrung Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Đẹp quá :)
Tanner4321 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
this is soooo moving
Nattygrego Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very powerful image.
noahsamuelmosko Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012   Photographer
:: beautifully captured and great story behind :clap: :clap: :clap:
saywut97 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
hey must it been one of those victor charlies
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