The American War ended decades ago but the effects of that conflict are still felt by the Vietnamese people living in the Demilitarized Zone. Quang Tri Province, in particular, is one of the hardest hit regions in Vietnam and thus, the poorest with an average annual income of approximately $260 USD/year.
Landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) still litter the countryside and maim or kill on a weekly basis, a high number of victims are children. This renders most of the land unfit for farming and many end up starving.
Dioxins in Agent Orange are responsible for health problems and birth defects that plague the Vietnamese to this day. Countless thousands and their families suffer tremendously, yearning for normalcy and compassion.
This war destroyed lives and will continue to do so for generations to come. They do it directly by the toxins still present in the ecosystem and the unexploded ordnances waiting to detonate, and they do it indirectly by the socioeconomic impacts of the remnants of war. It pervades all facets of life and preys upon the vulnerable.
This book aims to give the viewers a glimpse into the daily lives of those who struggle to live in the shadow and devastation of a long passed conflict. They endure, yet are unable to escape the legacies of their past.
Funding for this project is provided by the Canada Council for the Arts and shot with a Nikon D3s generously provided by the Eddie Adams Workshop and Nikon USA. Various contacts and information were obtained through PeaceTrees Vietnam.