Heartbreaking portraits of Vietnamese children suffering from devastating effects of toxic herbicide sprayed by US Army 40 years ago

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They were born decades after American forces had sprayed the herbicide dioxin Agent Orange in South Vietnam, but some children living in the region today continue to suffer from the horrifying effects of the chemical. New York City-based photographer Brian Dricscoll traveled to Vietnam to document the everyday struggles of third generation Agent Orange victims battling dozens of serious ailments, physical deformities and mental disorders. Driscoll was inspired to take up this difficult topic by his uncle, a Vietnam War veteran who may have been one of estimated 2.6 million U.S. soldiers believed to have been exposed to Agent Orange in the 1960s.
Deformed: Nguyen and Hung Vuong Pham, 14, and 15, await their daily bathing in the Kim Dong district of Hai Phong, Vietnam. Their days are occupied watching people pass by the front area of their home


Third generation Agent Orange victim Nguyen Pham, 11, deaf, blind and cannot speak has been bed ridden for a great portion of his life

A makeshift wheel chair for a victim of Agent Orange, in the Phuong Son district, Nha Trang
Former Viet Cong soldier and father, stands behind his son Nguyen Van Dung, 12, at home in the Kim Dong district of Hai Phong, Vietnam. Nguyen is tied by the hands because he compulsively tears at his own face

Innocent: Huong Nghiem, 8, third generation Agent Orange victim, is being held by her mother in the door way of their home in the Tran Cao Van district, Hoi An

Daily torment: Nguyen Quang, 11, on his bed at home in the Kim Dong district of Hai Phong. Village leaders believe most of the children to be third generation Agent Orange victims due to the commonality in mental disorders and physical deformities

Suffering from a distorted reality, Nguyen Tran Ho, 11, gazes out from his bed
Thom Le Pham (right) gives a look of despair at home in the Benh Vien district, Danang Vietnam

Phirum Ung, 5, third generation Agent Orange victim, naps in a hammock at home in Beng Melea Province, Cambodia. Most days are spent with his mother pan-handling at the Angkor Wat Temples

A mother of an Agent Orange victim at home in Kim Dong district of Nhat Tan, Vietnam

Le Sinh, 14, Agent Orange victim, looks out from the lanai at home in the Benh Vien district, Da Nang


The Vietnam Red Cross estimated that about 1 million Vietnamese have been affected by Agent Orange, including 150,000 children suffering from birth defects

The house of Nguyen Pham, 11, an Agent Orange victim, in the district of Chi Linh, Vietnam

A mother at home cares for her child who is affected by Agent Orange. Quang Ninh district

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  1. TruthNotOUTAugust 27, 2013

    The only difference between Nazi Germany and America? The Americans didn't build so many concentration camps - they poisoned and gassed in the open.

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  2. Hans SchneiderAugust 27, 2013

    If agent orange in Vietnam was not chemical warfare then what is ??

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