Pham Van Diep, 12, right and brother Pham Van Duc, 10. Both boys live in an area near Ðà Nẵng that was heavily sprayed with defoliants during the Vietnam War. Both have undergone numerous medical procurers to correct ailments their doctors attribute to Dioxin contamination.
"There are many reasons for birth defects," said Nguyen Duc Loi, vice director of the Quang Tri provincial Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs in a Associated Press story, "But we can see that in cases where parents lived in areas that were heavily sprayed with Agent Orange, the 2.4 percent rate of birth defects is much higher than the national average of 0.6 percent."
Diep said that his friends all think I got into a fight and that is why he has scars. He does not correct them but added that he "does not like hospitals. I am afraid of them".