Trip Start Nov 08, 2006
260Trip End Ongoing
But for those who like stats, there are studies that have shown that Agent Orange (dioxin) causes birth defects. Exact percentages differ amongst studies, but..
But the Vietnam government has made efforts to help some of those affected participate in society. There is a craft workshop where such people are employed. They make lacquerware products utilizing mother of pearl and egg shells. They create beautiful pieces, working in assembly line fashion. Crutches are propped against wooden tables where men and women with disfigured legs sit and work. A woman with one good hand works diligently applying tiny pieces of shell to a scene depicting life in rural Vietnam. And the workshop isn't meant to conjure pity, it is meant to show perseverance and fortitude. Specific disabilities do not mean an utter lack of ability. Each of these people does his/her part to create pieces of art to be sold to exporters or visitors, often from the United States. It's interesting how things fit together.