During the Vietnam War, the U.S military sprayed some 12 million gallons of the Agent Orange defoliant over Vietnam. Now, almost four decades later, the toxic herbicide continues to have a devastating effect on thousands of Vietnamese people. Passed down genetically, Agent Orange has caused various diseases and deformities in three generations of Vietnamese families.
In this video, photojournalist Catherine Karnow captures the lives of two families who struggle with diseases associated with Agent Orange. While one family receives care and support, the other receives very little - both bearing a terrible burden. Although the United States' government is finally addressing this issue, it is hoped that imminent funding will help more of the victims of Agent Orange.
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