On June 9th, Interfaith Voices, a leading radio news magazine on religion, politics and culture, took an in-depth look at the lasting legacy of Agent Orange. In the program, “Agent Orange: Why the War Isn’t Over,” host Maureen Fiedler speaks with four experts and advocates of long-term solutions to Agent Orange in Vietnam:
- Connie Schultz: Award-winning columnist and author of “Unfinished Business: Suffering and sickness in the endless wake of Agent Orange.”
- Heather Bowser: An American woman presumably affected by her father’s exposure to Agent Orange during the war.
- Charles Bailey: Director of the Aspen Institute Agent Orange in Vietnam Program. Bailey has spent more than a decade helping the people of Vietnam to overcome this painful legacy of their past.
- David Zierler: Historian at the U.S. State Department and author of “The Invention of an Ecocide.”
The program asks each panelist a fundamental question – how does your faith affect your work on Agent Orange? In one example, Connie Schultz tells us: “Growing up my Mom used to say to us, ‘God loves everyone, no exceptions’… going to Vietnam, I don’t spend any time looking for how we’re different. We’re all God’s children.” Schultz goes on to say how this view informs her concern for both the Vietnamese and American victims of Agent Orange.
Are you a person of faith who has witnessed the tragic impact of Agent Orange? Tell us about your experience in the comments.