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Napalm and Agent Orange
Transcript of Napalm and Agent Orange
- A highly flammable sticky jelly used in incendiary bombs and flamethrowers, consisting of gasoline thickened with special soaps.
Nick Ut and Kim Phuc
- Nick Ut was at the scene when when South Vietnamese planes, thinking the refugees fleeing out the villages were Viet Cong and started bombing. Nick ut took the picture of the naked nice year old with napalm. She was Kim Phuc.
- Napalm is flammable liquid used in warfare. It is a mixture of a gelling agent and petroleum or a similar fuel. It was initially used as an incendiary device against buildings and later primarily as an anti-personnel weapon, as it sticks to skin and causes severe burns when on fire.
- Ut said the nine year old was screaming " Too hot! Too hot!" He tried to pour water on to her but she wanted to drink it. He said as she was on her way to the American Hospital she kept repeating "I think I'm dying."
- In 2012 Ut went back along highway 1 in Vietnam and held the picture up.
Ut and Phuc still keep in touch to this day. Phuc takes the picture as a powerful gift
- Agent orange was a herbicide mixture that was used by the U.S. military in the Vietnam war.
- Much of the mixture contained a dangerous chemical contaminant called dioxin.
- The production of Agent orange ended in the 1970s' an is no longer in use. But the dioxin contaminant continues to have a harmful impact today.
- There was a report the some 400,000 people were killed or maimed as a result of exposure to herbicides like Agent orange.
- Vietnam claims that half a million children have been born with serious birthday defects, while as many as 2 million people are suffering from cancer and other illness caused by Agent orange.