Vietnamese victims of the chemical ‘Agent Orange’ have been gathering in Washington ahead of their latest attempt to sue its manufacturers. It was used by US forces during the Vietnam war to clear forest foliage. Agent Orange was sprayed on forested areas of Vietnam over a ten year period. It had a devastating effect on the health of local people.
The group of Vietnamese plaintiffs are taking their case to the Federals Appeals court on Monday. They are seeking compensation from 32 companies and are looking to overturn the ruling of a lower court that threw out their claim in 2005. To bolster their case a delegation has been touring the US with images showing the continuing effects of the toxic substance on the population. The hearing coincides with a visit by the Vietnamese President to the country.