In 2012 we posted the following report regarding the ongoing problems related to the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. It was a deadly defoliant used by US forces and negatively affected many of that country's own military personnel.
It left a terrible legacy for the Vietnamese.
In 2012 America was looking at cleaning up the mess it left behind in Vietnam but four years on there is still much work to do.
Back in 2012 we reported:
If you were born in the fifties you may have heard of Agent Orange. Different generations may also have heard a little, a lot or know nothing regarding Agent Orange but it is in the news once again.
US President Barack Obama is visiting Vietnam later this week and he is being urged to address the ongoing health issues caused by Agent Orange reports Sky News Sunday.
But a US diplomat in a photo shoot in Vietnam Sunday posing with handfuls of cleaned up earth was non-committal. He looked decidedly uncomfortable when a reporter asked about the US, Agent Orange, Obama and Vietnamese casualties.
The Vietnam War ran from November 1, 1955 until April 30, 1975.
Direct U.S. military involvement ended on 15 August, 1973.
Containing dioxin, one of the most poisonous chemicals ever known, US military forces sprayed 12 million gallons of the toxic herbicide known as Agent Orange in Vietnam.
It was sprayed from the sky over all in its path.
Who old enough can forget those scenes of US forces and personnel leaving Vietnam and unable to claim 'mission accomplished'.
It was a phoney war but there have been others since.
The Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange rightly assert it is unfair that US veterans affected are compensated while they are ignored.
"Campaigners want the President to visit some of the tens of thousands of people over three generation that Vietnamese authorities say are still living with the effects of exposure to the herbicide" but compensation would be a real step in the right direction.
How many victims will die waiting for a fair deal?