A collection of photographs capturing meetings between trans-Vietnam
cyclists and Vietnamese Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin victims taken by Lee
Jong-hun are on display at an exhibition that opened in the Republic
of Korea (RoK) on March 2.
The exhibition is being held by the Vietnamese Embassy in the RoK in conjunction with MBC Nanum Broadcasting Company.
Lee Jong-hun took the photos when he joined 20 Vietnamese and RoK
bike riders on their 1,750km journey across Vietnam last November.
The riders, representing AO victims, Vietnam-RoK
families and the two countries’ students, had opportunities to meet
Vietnamese AO victims during their 26-day journey.
Speaking at the event, MBC Nanum Director Kim Ji-wan stressed the
significance of the event that took place on the occasion of the 20th
anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and the RoK.
Vietnamese Ambassador Tran Trong Toan said although the war ended over
40 years ago, its consequences live on in 1.3 million Vietnamese people
exposed to this toxic agent.
Thousands of RoK AO victims are also suffering the same plight, he added.
The ambassador expressed his hope that the exhibition will help the
two countries’ people and international friends understand more about
the victims’ suffering.
The exhibition will be open until March 4.-VNA