KC ORTIZ /AGENT ORANGE / VIETNAM
July 23rd, 2009
Taken From Revok:
My man from the CHI KC just went to Vietnam to shoot the fucking horrifying aftermath of the US’s use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam war…
During the Vietnam War, the American military sprayed over 18 million gallons of the defoliant named “Agent Orange” on Vietnam. The military claimed it was harmless and was only used to clear the leaves off of trees to spot North Vietnamese soldiers. The harmless aspect of Agent Orange would later be challenged, and proved wrong. The dioxin in Agent Orange can lead to many health and enviromental issues. Health issues range from liver cancer to severe birth defects and miscariages. The dioxin in Agent Orange can actually change a person’s DNA, reacting in diferent people in diferent ways. One of the reasons why studying the effects of Agent Orange is such a monumental task. Not to mention the potential political ramnifications of a full scale study of its effects. Enviromentally, Vietnam and its landscape were forever altered once the herbicide rained from the skies onto the land. Animals disapeared, jungles died never to come back, livestock, fish, and some game became carriers of dioxin, passing it on the human population. People that were not yet born, or never came in to direct contact with Agent Orange, became victims of its effects through the land they lived in. Today, over 3o years later, the effects of Agent Orange are stronger then the day it was sprayed.
The following photos are part one of a larger series. These photos focus on the residents of 2 Friendship Villages, Vietnam Friendship Village outside of Hanoi and Tu Du Friendship Village in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). These Friendship Villages care for and house supposed victims of Agent Orange’s destructive dioxin.
-Check out more of his photos from this project plus many more at his site HERE