Tough Fighters Hanging on in Vietnam

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The remnants of war haunt Vietnam’s Central Highlands. American-sprayed Agent Orange has seared patches of land into indefinite infertility; fields near Đắk Tô city now bearing coffee blossoms and rubber saplings remain littered with bullets, mine fragments, and military radios. A visitor must still tread carefully. Nearly half-century-old butterfly bombs and “jumping jack” mines continue to explode, violently disturbing time’s efforts to forget.

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