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Orphaned and Abandoned Children with Agent Orange

As the number of orphans escalates around the world, there is an increasing demand for sensory stimulation, nurturing touch and palliative care within orphanages and childcare settings. It is the vision of the Liddle Kidz Foundation Global to make a true difference for children who have been orphaned, along with their caregivers who lack the necessary support to provide them with best developmental care possible.

“Agent Orange”, the catch-all term referring to a defoliant used during the Vietnam War. The name given to a blend of herbicides the US Military sprayed from 1961-1971, identified by the orange stripe that marked the 55-gallon drums in which it was stored prior to spraying it on jungle foliage to remove plants and leaves in Vietnam, that provided enemy cover. The U.S. military sprayed these chemical combinations within their so-called Rainbow herbicides program, where each was identified by the color of their storage drums. Agent Orange was the herbicide that was used most widely.

According to Vietnam Red Cross, as many as 3 million Vietnamese people have been affected by Agent Orange, including at least 150,000 children born with birth defects.

The ongoing debate of health issues and birth defects caused by the chemical that permeated the land and its people has been the source of many heartache and suffering for people around the globe.

Many birth defects have been recorded in Vietnam, and are prevalent in the populations of children and adults with increased risk of abnormal birth outcomes including infertility, miscarriages, still births, and birth defects compared to those who were not exposed. Some of the defects from Agent Orange exposure include spina bifida, hydrocephaly, malformations of the extremities, musculature issues, developmental disabilities, congenital heart defects and cleft-palate. From the moment of conception, the children of Agent Orange are predetermined for a life of physical torture and distress.

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