To build interest in his work with Vietnamese communities affected by Agent Orange use by the United States during the (unofficial) Vietnamese war, Joe Little is screening the film "Vietnam's Friendship Village."
Agent Orange was dropped in the 1960s from planes on heavily forested areas in Vietnam, causing trees to shed their leaves, and allowing U.S. military forces to see whatever was on the ground. Unfortunately, this powerful chemical is also extremely toxic to human beings as well. It didn't just "disappear" once used, causing soil contamination and ongoing issues with cancer and birth defects.
The Friendship Village documented in this film currently offers care to about 150 children with disabilities as a direct result of Agent Orange. Dr. Little will be leading a group travel event late next spring to Vietnam, and has been working to build awareness and fundraising for to help support this important effort.
The film will be screened Monday, September 8, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Dunleavy 127.
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