Talks Continue on Vietnam War’s Impact and Legacy

Today, discussions on how to properly address the lingering effects of the Vietnam-American War continue, now focusing on the best ways to allocate resources in order to move forward. Vietnamese and foreigners alike have been engaging in such conversations since the end of the war.

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Discussions Continue on War Legacies in Vietnam
Phan Anh Son, Vice President, General Secretary of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations received Sarah Goring, Country Director of Mines Advisory Group in Vietnam (Photo: Valerie Mai)

“We wish to convene a dialogue between international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working towards mitigating the aftermath of war in Vietnam, in order to properly distribute resources and devise more effective plans.”

This statement was made by Phan Anh Son, the Vice President and General Secretary of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations, during a meeting with Sarah Goring, the Country Director of Mines Advisory Group (MAG) in Vietnam, on the 29th of May.

Phan Anh Son acknowledged MAG’s contribution to demining and overcoming war consequences in Vietnam. He stated that the People’s Aid Coordination Committee (PACCOM) – a unit of the Vietnam Union for Friendship Organizations (VUFO) – wanted to organize a discussion among foreign NGOs operating in Vietnam to address war consequences, including MAG.

This event is anticipated to be a platform for NGOs to exchange information about their works and plans, thereby allowing them to effectively respond to their contributions and optimally allocate resources to enhance the handling of war consequences in Vietnam.

Sarah Goring, Country Director of MAG in Vietnam, expressed her gratitude to VUFO and PACCOM for their support in helping MAG to complete administrative procedures and implement projects in Vietnam. She also expressed her hope that the two organizations would continue to provide their companionship to MAG in upcoming activities as it celebrates its 25th anniversary of operation in Vietnam (1999-2024).

The Mines Advisory Group (MAG), established in the United Kingdom in 1989, is a non-governmental organization dedicated to conducting humanitarian demining operations in areas that have been or are currently in conflict. To date, MAG has safely defused and disposed of nearly 4.8 million pieces of unexploded ordnance, thus helping to improve the living conditions and livelihoods of over 17.7 million people in war-torn countries around the world.

In Vietnam, MAG began its operations in Quang Tri in 1999, before growing and expanding to Quang Binh in 2003. Today, it is one of the most prominent civilian demining organizations in Vietnam.

Valerie Mai