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Consequences of the Vietnam War for the civilians of both America and Vietnam

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By Jimmy Hardman Consequences of the Vietnam War for the civilians of both America and Vietnam After the Vietnam War, both sides suffered in the same and different ways. Even civilians that didn't fight in the war were feeling the consequences. One of the worst things that caused trouble for Vietnamese civilians was chemical warfare such as Napalm, Agent Orange and Agent Blue. Once the war was over and the American troops had left Vietnam, the chemical devastation remained and the American botanist Arthur Galston was worried about the impact on the Vietnam environment as early as 1967, even before the war had ended and chemicals were still in use. Three years later, Agent Orange was linked to causing cancer and one year later was banned. Australian veterans were starting to suffer illnesses after exposure to Agent Orange but a report in 1985 said there was no link between the cancer, illnesses and deformities with the Australian veterans. Later in 1993, this was over turned and proved that chemical orange did cause the atrocities the veterans were showing and a fund was set up to compensate the veterans. ...read more.


Thousands began leaving. Many managed to get out of overland, but most escaped by boat. They became know as the boat people. They almost used anything that floated. As many as possible crammed into the vessels and sailed for Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand. Malaysia did not have resources to accommodate them and forced them to turn back. Pirates attacked many boats and others simply sank. At least 50 000 refugees drowned. About a million actually made it to the west, some settling in Britain, but most making it to the United States. More American veterans committed suicide than were killed in the fighting of the war. This shows the devastation it caused to soldiers because of the atrocities they witnessed and took part in. Many soldiers couldn't cope with being an eye witness to people being killed all a round them and this changed them mentally for life even when they had returned from the war. Many became drug addicts as many found drugs while in Vietnam a easy way to forget about what was happening for a small time and feel good in themselves. These soldiers needed the daily dose of drugs even after the war had ended, this meant that they would do anything to get the money for the drugs, so many became homeless and began to beg while others again committed suicide. ...read more.


they were winning when most times they were being defeated, it was ashamed to remove the soldiers form Vietnam without the expected win the Government was telling its' people about and remove itself form the war with only negative results such as deaths and injuries. This brought Americas status as the strongest country in the world to a unexpected change among a lot of countries and many began to believe that America wasn't as strong as first made out, especially if they couldn't defeat a country that had few weapons and America had the newest and latest in deadly weaponary. The war seemed to bring more devastation and heredity after it finished than while it was being fought. There were more deaths after the war than during it with people killing themselves and newborn children not surviving a day after birth and having mass deformities. Many wounded also died via their wounds caused as a result of the war and many died from over doses of drugs. Although the war was fought in Vietnam, the results of the war for both sides was worse than anyone would have imagined and if each side knew what the war would result in, then maybe the war would have never began. ...read more.

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