Post-war desire for peace keeps burning in Quảng Trị

VNN – Update: July, 01/2019 – 09:48

Diệu Linh explains how the clearance activities work. VNS Photo Khoa Thư
By Khoa Thư

QUẢNG TRỊ Fastening her bucket hat and carefully tucking her khaki chinos into her boots, Nguyễn Thị Thuỷ does a final check before stepping into a bare plot of sandy land.

A normal summer day in the coastal commune of Hải An, Hải Lăng District, Quảng Trị Province is scorching. Work needs to start early in the morning to avoid the unbearable heat.

In her hand, a small metal detector keeps buzzing as she swings it slowly over the land, inch by inch.

If it starts beeping, Thuỷ will mark the location with a red flag and her team members will help remove a newly-found bomb and destroy it by the end of the day. Continue reading “Post-war desire for peace keeps burning in Quảng Trị”


Người Hàn Quốc và phong trào ‘thành thật xin lỗi Việt Nam’

“Dù quá khứ có hổ thẹn đến đâu thì sự thật vẫn cần được đưa ra ánh sáng một cách toàn vẹn nhất. Để rút ra từ đây bài học lịch sử cho những sai lầm này không còn lặp lại về sau. Bởi chỉ khi chúng ta thắt một nút kết đúng đắn cho quá khứ thì nút kết ấy mới có thể trở thành bàn đạp của tương lai. Hướng chúng ta về một sự hòa giải và một nền hòa bình chân chính. Xin lỗi. Thành thật xin lỗi”, ông Kang U Il nói, trước khi đoàn Hàn Quốc cúi đầu xin lỗi người dân Hà My.

(trích bài số 3 – Người Hàn Quốc tạ lỗi trong lễ tưởng niệm vụ thảm sát Hà My, 11/3/2018)
Continue reading “Người Hàn Quốc và phong trào ‘thành thật xin lỗi Việt Nam’”

Vietnam repatriates American soldier’s remains

VNE – By Anh Ngoc   June 24, 2019 | 07:57 am GMT+7

The likely remains of an American soldier were repatriated at a solemn ceremony held in Da Nang on Sunday.

The ceremony took place at Da Nang International Airport in central Vietnam with the participation of representatives from both countries.

Continue reading “Vietnam repatriates American soldier’s remains”

Overcoming War Legacies: The Road to Reconciliation and Future Cooperation Between the United States and Vietnam


On March 26th the governments of the United States of America and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, in partnership with the United States Institute of Peace, hosted a landmark event examining the transformation from enemies to partners by the two countries since the end of the war in 1975.

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy- Remarks

Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc- Keynote Speech

Charles Bailey- Panel 2 Healing from the Destruction of War

USIP Event Summary and Speaker Videos

Fifty Years After, A Daunting Cleanup of Vietnam’s Toxic Legacy

A Vietnamese soldier next to a hazardous warning sign for dioxin contamination at Bien Hoa air base last October.A Vietnamese soldier next to a hazardous warning sign for dioxin contamination at Bien Hoa air base last October. KHAM/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

From 1962 to 1971, the American military sprayed vast areas of Vietnam with Agent Orange, leaving dioxin contamination that has severely affected the health of three generations of Vietnamese. Now, the U.S. and Vietnamese governments have joined together in a massive cleanup project.

In the thriving industrial city of Bien Hoa, about 20 miles east of Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, there is a large air base, just beyond a sweeping bend in the Dong Nai River. During the American war in Vietnam, it was said to be the busiest airport in the world. Since the war ended in 1975, a dense cluster of four residential neighborhoods has grown up around the base. Their total population is perhaps 111,000, while the base itself, now home to advanced long-range fighter-bombers of the Vietnam People’s Air Force, has another 1,200 permanent residents. Continue reading “Fifty Years After, A Daunting Cleanup of Vietnam’s Toxic Legacy”

The Lethal Legacy of the Vietnam War

Fifty years after the first US troops came ashore at Da Nang, the Vietnamese are still coping with unexploded bombs and Agent Orange.

On a mild, sunny morning last November, Chuck Searcy and I drove out along a spur of the old Ho Chi Minh Trail to the former Marine base at Khe Sanh, which sits in a bowl of green mountains and coffee plantations in Vietnam’s Quang Tri province, hard on the border with Laos. The seventy-seven-day siege of Khe Sanh in early 1968, coinciding with the Tet Offensive, was the longest battle of what Vietnamese call the American War and a pivotal event in the conflict. By the off-kilter logic of Saigon and Washington, unleashing enough technology and firepower to produce a ten-to-one kill ratio was a metric of success, but the televised carnage of 1968, in which 16,592 Americans died, was too much for audiences back home. After Tet and Khe Sanh, the war was no longer America’s to win, only to avoid losing. Continue reading “The Lethal Legacy of the Vietnam War”

Các nữ đại sứ thăm đội rà phá toàn nữ của RENEW-NPA – Women Ambassadors Visit RENEW-NPA’s All-Woman Clearance Team

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Các nữ đại sứ thăm đội rà phá toàn nữ của RENEW-NPA

Project RENEW

Đội rà phá hiện trường giao tranh toàn nữ RENEW-NPA và bốn nữ đại sứ, hàng trước (từ trái qua phải Deborah Paul, Canada; Wendy Matthews, New Zealand; Grete Løchen, Na Uy; và Beatrice Maser Mallor, Thụy Sĩ). Hải Lăng, Quảng Trị, 09/5/2019. © Hien Ngo / RENEW-NPA.

Hải Lăng, Quảng Trị (9/5/2019) – Bốn nhà lãnh đạo của cộng đồng quốc tế ở Việt Nam, các nữ đại sứ của Thụy Sĩ, Na Uy, Canada, và New Zealand (được biết đến là Nhóm G4) tại Việt Nam, hôm thứ Năm đến Quảng Trị để xem một đội rà phá hiện trường toàn nữ làm việc.

Đoàn gồm có Đại sứ Deborah Paul (Canada), Wendy Matthews (New Zealand), Grete Løchen (Na Uy), và Beatrice Maser Mallor (Thụy Sĩ). Chuyến thăm chính thức dài hai ngày của họ là để trực tiếp tìm hiểu về hậu quả chiến tranh ở Quảng Trị, đặc biệt là nỗ lực đang diễn ra để khảo sát và rà phá bom mìn còn sót lại sau chiến tranh mà còn đe dọa cuộc sống của người dân địa phương. Các đại sứ cũng thăm các dự án phát triển do các nước nhóm G4 tài trợ. Continue reading “Các nữ đại sứ thăm đội rà phá toàn nữ của RENEW-NPA – Women Ambassadors Visit RENEW-NPA’s All-Woman Clearance Team”

Agent Orange: US to clean up toxic Vietnam War air base

The toxic legacy of the Vietnam War

The US has launched a multi-million dollar clean-up operation at an air base in Vietnam it used to store the notorious chemical Agent Orange.

The ten-year programme, unveiled more than four decades after the end of the Vietnam War, will cost $183m (£141m).

The site at Bien Hoa airport, outside Ho Chi Minh City, is considered the most contaminated in the country. Continue reading “Agent Orange: US to clean up toxic Vietnam War air base”

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

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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
President, VFP Chapter 160
International Advisor, Project RENEW
Co-chair, Agent Orange Working Group
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