Meet the Team Leader of Vietnam’s First All-Female Clearance Team

Project RENEW update

April 14, 2019

At age 30, Nguyen Thi Thuy has started in a job that everyone in Vietnam believed that only men could do. This mother of one daughter now leads an all-female clearance team of 16 members for clearing cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war contaminated land in Quang Tri Province.

The youngest from a family of eight children in Gio Chau Commune, Gio Linh District, Nguyen Thi Thuy has been working with the Survey and Clearance Program of Project RENEW and Norwegian People’s Aid (RENEW-NPA) in Quang Tri Province since 2013.

Continue reading “Meet the Team Leader of Vietnam’s First All-Female Clearance Team”


Vietnam honours US woman for Agent Orange relief work

Vietnam News Agency

President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Nguyen Phuong Nga (R) presents the Friendship Order to Susan Marie Hammond. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Nguyen Phuong Nga on April 16 presented the Friendship Order, a notable distinction of the Vietnamese State, to Executive Director of the War Legacies Project (WLP) Susan Marie Hammond.

Speaking at the ceremony, Nga said that this is one of the highest decorations that the Vietnamese state presents to individuals and organisations who have made significant contributions to the friendship between Vietnam and countries worldwide. Continue reading “Vietnam honours US woman for Agent Orange relief work”

How Vietnam, US heal wounds of war to build up comprehensive partnership

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Vietnam and the US have together marked the transformation from enemies to partners since the end of the war in 1975 by overcoming war legacies, among priorities in the bilateral ties. 

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US expert helps Vietnam settle unexploded odnance. Photo: PeaceTrees

Tackling war legacies has required both time and efforts that neither Hanoi nor Washington have been reluctant to do over the past decades, making the relationship a case study of foe-turned-friend. Continue reading “How Vietnam, US heal wounds of war to build up comprehensive partnership”

Unexploded bombs continue to haunt Hà Giang

vietnamnews Update: March, 07/2019 – 09:00
Unexploded ordnance littered the forest floor in Hà Giang Province. — VNS File Photo
Viet Nam NewsĐỗ Bình

HÀ GIANG — Residents of Thanh Thuỷ Commune in Vị Xuyên District said they are still occasionally startled by an explosion somewhere in the mountains nearby, a cruel reminder of a bloody border war 40 years ago.

They first prayed that no one gets hurt by stepping on the unexploded ordnance (UXO) buried in the terrain throughout the north-eastern uplands, especially the northernmost province of Hà Giang, where the bloodiest battles were waged.

Bồn Văn Hòn lives just 10km from the centre of Thanh Thuỷ Commune but the journey easily takes more than two hours.

Having lost both of his legs in two separate incidents related to unexploded bombs, Hòn uses his arms to move around

The changeable weather at this time of the year causes him major aches all over and he could no longer rely on crutches. Continue reading “Unexploded bombs continue to haunt Hà Giang”

On the outside looking in: A US American in Vietnam

VnExpress By Mark A. Ashwill   February 7, 2019 | 11:03 am GMT+7

On the outside looking in: A US American in Vietnam

Vietnamese women at a wet market in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Valentina Aru

An ‘other’ reflects on the ways in which he and many others feel they belong, why Vietnam is home.

I have spent over 40 percent of my adult life outside of my home country, never content with having my soul controlled by geography, to paraphrase George Santayana. I carry a U.S. passport but it doesn’t define me. I am a U.S. ex-patriot and global citizen who calls Vietnam home.

It was during my first visit to Hanoi 23 years ago this month that this country – with its tragic yet inspirational millennia-long history – cast its spell on me.  After moving here in 2005, I joined a select group of expats – an estimated 100,000 of them, according to official sources – who live in the midst of 97 million Vietnamese.

Continue reading “On the outside looking in: A US American in Vietnam”

It’s been decades since the Vietnam War ended, and the Smithsonian has never mounted a full exhibition. Until now.

(Sonny Ross for The Washington Post)
Art and architecture critic January 31, 2019

The Vietnam War, which tore this country apart and forever changed its politics and culture, has never been the subject of a Smithsonian exhibition. The nation managed to build a memorial in 1982 to those who died in the war, less than a decade after the fall of Saigon, and, in 2017, Americans watched an epic 18-hour PBS documentary about the war, without any substantial political controversy. The war is included within exhibitions at the National Museum of American History, is referenced in the National Museum of African American History and Culture and served as the backdrop to an anniversary exhibition about the Vietnam memorial in 2003. But it hasn’t been the subject of specific, focused curatorial reconsideration.

Continue reading “It’s been decades since the Vietnam War ended, and the Smithsonian has never mounted a full exhibition. Until now.”

SIGN UP NOW for 2019 Veterans For Peace Tour of Viet Nam, March 9th to 25th

DATE: 02 January 2019
TO: Veterans, spouses and partners, friends, peace advocates, U.S. citizens and international friends
FROM: Chuck Searcy, President, VFP Chapter 160
REF: 2019 VFP Viet Nam Tour

Veterans For Peace will again host a 17-day tour of Viet Nam, this year from March 9th to 25th. The itinerary and agenda will be similar to the previous trips organized over the past seven years by VFP Chapter 160.

Click here for the schedule with brief tour highlights. Additional information will be provided as participants sign up.

We’ll be glad to answer any questions as well, by e-mail or phone, stateside or from Viet Nam.

Happy New Year — Chúc Mừng Nnăm Mới!

President, VFP Chapter 160
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Hình ảnh lịch sử về cuộc đối đầu tại cầu Hiền Lương – Tháng Bảy 25, 2016 ·

Cuộc đối đầu không tiếng súng nhưng vô cùng quyết liệt tại vĩ tuyến 17 đầu thập niên 1960 đã được tạp chí LIFE ghi lại qua những hình ảnh đặc sắc.


Khu phi quân sự vĩ tuyến 17 (V-DMZ) được lập ra theo Hiệp định Genève về Đông Dương năm 1954, với vai trò một giới tuyến quân sự tạm thời ngăn cắt vùng tập kết giữa một bên là các lực lượng của Việt Nam Dân chủ Cộng hòa với quân đội Pháp và các lực lượng đồng minh. Ảnh: Cầu Hiền Lương và sông Bến Hải nằm trên vĩ tuyến 17 – biểu tượng của sự chia cắt hai miền trong quá khứ, nhìn từ một tòa nhà nằm ở bờ Nam, 1966. Continue reading “Hình ảnh lịch sử về cuộc đối đầu tại cầu Hiền Lương”

Vietnam’s Latest Demand for Agent Orange Compensation Described as Last Resort

VOA August 29, 2018 6:10 AM

FILE - The cleaning operation of the area that was used for storing Agent Orange is seen from a plane taking off from Danang international airport.
FILE – The cleaning operation of the area that was used for storing Agent Orange is seen from a plane taking off from Danang international airport.

How a U.S.-Backed University in Vietnam Unleashed Old Demons


Former Sen. Bob Kerrey is pictured. | AP Photo
U.S. State Department via AP

Former Senator Bob Kerrey thought he could help heal the wounds of war. Instead, he reopened them.

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — On May 25, 2016, Secretary of State John Kerry took the stage at the luxury Rex Hotel in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Earlier on their trip together, President Barack Obama had announced a major development in a project Kerry had championed: The Vietnamese government had granted a license for Fulbright University Vietnam, the country’s first independent, private and nonprofit liberal arts university. About $40 million from the U.S. government would go toward the project, along with 25 hectares of rent-free land donated by the Ho Chi Minh City government. On this day, the two countries would officially mark the milestone. Continue reading “How a U.S.-Backed University in Vietnam Unleashed Old Demons”

Vietnam’s Sad Hunt: 300,000 Missing Souls

New York Times
Dec. 21, 2018

Decades after the war with America ended, Vietnamese families continue to search for the remains of their kin who are still missing in action.

By Joseph Babcock  (Mr. Babcock, a teacher of writing, is working on a book about contemporary Vietnam)

A war veteran places incense on graves in Hanoi on the national Day for Martyrs and Wounded Soldiers. Credit Hoang Dinh Nam / Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

On July 27, the day a collection of remains believed to be those of American soldiers lost in the Korean War were flown out of North Korea, I was driving from Hanoi to Vietnam’s rural northern province of Yen Bai. My host that morning was Ngo Thuy Hang, the 42-year-old vice director of Marin, a local nonprofit devoted to helping Vietnamese families locate the remains of their loved ones. Continue reading “Vietnam’s Sad Hunt: 300,000 Missing Souls”

Thảm sát Mỹ Lai: 50 năm kiếm tìm sự tha thứ

VNE – Thứ sáu, 16/3/2018, 07:00 (GMT+7)

Sau nửa thế kỷ, không chỉ có các nạn nhân Việt Nam, mà nhiều người Mỹ cũng chưa thể vượt qua nỗi ám ảnh từ cuộc thảm sát Mỹ Lai.

Mike Hastie, một cựu binh và cũng là phóng viên chiến trường thời chiến tranh Việt Nam, rút trong túi ra một bức ảnh in khổ lớn.

Bức ảnh chụp đầu một chiếc trực thăng có hình chữ thập đỏ và một chữ “Why” – “Tại sao” – viết hoa phía trên. Mike đã chụp bức ảnh này ở chiến trường An Khê năm 1970. Đó là dòng chữ mà chính những người lính Mỹ đã vẽ lên chiếc trực thăng để bày tỏ sự thất vọng và giận dữ vì bị chính phủ lừa dối.

Tấm ảnh đầu trực thăng do phóng viên Mike Hastie chụp năm 1970 Continue reading “Thảm sát Mỹ Lai: 50 năm kiếm tìm sự tha thứ”

Việt Nam thắng hai giải lớn tại liên hoan phim Singapore

Việt Nam, phim tài liệu
Đạo diễn Phạm Thu Hằng và hai nhân vật chính trong phim “Mùa cát vọng”

Hai nữ đạo diễn của Việt Nam vừa giành hai giải nhất tại Liên hoan Phim Singapore 2018, quy tụ các nhà làm phim tài năng khắp châu Á.

Phim tài liệu dài đầu tay “Mùa cát vọng” (The future cries beneath our soil) của nữ đạo diễn Phạm Thu Hằng giành giải Đạo diễn Xuất sắc nhất ở hạng mục Phim phóng sự châu Á. Continue reading “Việt Nam thắng hai giải lớn tại liên hoan phim Singapore”

Forest Harvester Reported 750-pound Bomb on Acacia Plantation in Hai Lang District

Chuck Searcy: This report is from my colleague Ngo Xuan Hien at Project RENEW, describing another finding of a big bomb in Quang Tri Province which was safely removed to the demolition site and destroyed.  The bomb is bigger than most ordnance cleaned up and destroyed every day — usually cluster bombs, grenades, artillery rounds, mortars — but now even these infrequent occurrences of 500-pound or 750-pound bombs are treated somewhat routinely.  That is to say, local people are no longer alarmed, once they report the finding they are confident that NPA-RENEW technicians or other NGO teams coordinated by the Provincial Legacy of War Coordination Center will come quickly to the site and handle the threat skillfully and professionally, and residents can soon return to their normal activities.  The situation is being managed, and that is the key to long-term safety and protection of villagers, farmers, school children.

Hai Lang District, Quang Tri (28 November 2018) — Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams managed by NPA-Project RENEW on Wednesday safely destroyed a 750-pound U.S. aircraft bomb at their Central Demolition Site in Hai Que Commune. It was identified an air-dropped general purpose bomb, M117 series, that was extensively used by U.S. military forces during the Vietnam War. Read more here.

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Chiếu phim tài liệu “The 2 Sides Project” tại Hà Nội

VUFO – Sáng 27/11, tại Hà Nội, Hội Việt – Mỹ (thuộc Liên hiệp Hữu nghị) phối hợp với Đoàn “Dự án Hai phía” tổ chức buổi chiếu phim tư liệu đặc biệt của Dự án Hai phía Bộ phim tài liệu “The 2 Sides Project” .


Theo ông Bùi Văn Nghị, Phó Trưởng ban phụ trách Ban châu Mỹ ( thuộc Liên hiệp Hữu nghị), Tổng Thư ký Hội Việt – Mỹ, bộ phim tài  liệu “The 2 Sides Project” là bộ phim đi theo bước chân của sáu người con quân nhân Mỹ tử trận trên hành trình khám phá một đất nước, một dân tộc có lịch sử gắn liền với cuộc đời họ. Trong 11 ngày cuối năm 2015, những người Mỹ và Việt Nam có cha hy sinh ở hai đầu chiến tuyến đã lần đầu tiên gặp mặt. Bộ phim hoàn thành vào năm 2017 đã thu lại trọn vẹn những cuộc gặp gỡ có sức mạnh chuyển hóa; những rung động sâu sắc của những người Mỹ thăm viếng nơi cha mình qua đời; những trải nghiệm giàu cảm xúc của họ với đất nước Việt Nam; chuyến thăm Mỹ đầu tiên trong lịch sử của ba người con liệt sỹ Việt Nam để hoàn thiện hành trình hòa giải từ hai phía. Continue reading “Chiếu phim tài liệu “The 2 Sides Project” tại Hà Nội”