Claim: Photograph shows a Vietnamese child with physical abnormalities attributed to Agent Orange.
Example: [Associated Press, 2005]
Comment: Hi. Can you check out this photo? It looks very faked to me. Did
the AP get duped?
Origins: Although we can’t say for sure that Xuan Minh, Vietnamese child pictured in an
photograph taken at Ho Chi Minh City’s Tu Du Obstetric Hospital, suffers from an abnormal physicality
due to the effects of Agent Orange (rather than some other cause), we don’t see any reason to suspect, as some have suggested, that the image has been digitally manipulated. Pictures of Xuan Minh have been taken by several different photographers over the course of his young life, and they all reveal a child with an unusually shaped head and protruding eyes:
The Associated Press photograph displayed at the head of this page probably dates from a
- An 11 March 2005 article in Thanh Nien Daily about a U.S. court’s dismissal of an Agent Orange-related lawsuit against chemical companies.
- A 5 February 2004 photo essay in China Daily about the Vietnam War and Agent Orange’s presumed effects on Vietnamese children.
- An online discourse regarding chemical warfare.
Last updated: 26 April 2005