Defined by Agent Orange

by Hiroko Tanaka

Peace Village ward at Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is home for children with disabilities believed to be caused by Agent Orange, the herbicide used by the U.S military during the Vietnam War. According to the United Nations, Agent Orange and its active ingredient dioxin is "one of the most toxic compounds known to humans." It is claimed that children born to parents exposed to Agent Orange can be stillborn or born with birth defects, including skin disease, mental illness, and deformities. Peace village cares for about 60 children and many were abandoned at birth. After decades of Vietnam War, effects of Agent Orange still runs silently through generations. 
 
A “reference room” filled with jars of deformed, stillborn fetuses, which are kept for research to find out why the babies were born with abnormalities. The room is viewable for people visiting the hospital.
A physically and mentally disabled child lies in a hospital bed.
A disabled child is fed during lunch at Peace Village at Tudu Hospital.
Deformities in limbs is common seen in children at Peace Village.
A boy born with protruding eyes and deformed limbs looks out the window. Children at Peace Village merely leave the ward.
A boy born with deformities in the limbs walks back to his room after helping staff clean up after lunch.
A “reference room” filled with jars of deformed, stillborn fetuses is viewable for people visiting the hospital.