Photographer: Catherine Karnow

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Exhibit Title: Agent Orange: A Terrible Legacy

Location: Viet Nam

Caption: Looking in the mirror, it is unclear how Ly regards herself. Nevertheless, she takes great care with her appearance, wearing the same pretty (faux) pearl bracelet and necklace each day. Danang, Vietnam. Nguyen Thi Ly, 9, is afflicted with diseases associated with Agent Orange, passed down from her grandfather, who was a soldier in the Vietnam War. Danang, Vietnam.

During the Vietnam War, the U.S military sprayed some 12 million gallons of the Agent Orange defoliant over Vietnam.  Now, almost four decades later, the toxic herbicide continues to have a devastating effect on thousands of Vietnamese people.  Passed down genetically, Agent Orange has caused various diseases and deformities in three generations of Vietnamese families.

This is the story of lives of two families who struggle with diseases associated with Agent Orange. While one family receives care and support, the other receives very little - both bearing a terrible burden.  Although the United States' government is finally addressing this issue, it is hoped that imminent funding will help more of the victims of Agent Orange.

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