South Vietnam's Quang Tri province is gradually being emptied of all but the warring armies of the north and south.
Film shows refugees relocated in the ancient capital of Hue.
All have come down by various means from Quang Tri province. Some brought down others came on their own.
various shots of refugees living in centre at Quoc Hoc High School
Exterior shots of high school buildings and sign
shots of care for refugees, water distribution & food
loaded trucks of Quang Tri civilians
There is complementary film to this story shot in Quang Tri by Dennis Troute Recommend using it toward the end of the piece to indicate ongoing nature of the refugee flow.
Soundman and correspondent Laurie
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Background: South Vietnam's Quang Tri province is gradually being emptied of all but the warring armies of the north and south.
These are some of nearly forty thousand refugees who have left their homes have already been relocated in schools, army barracks and Pagodas in the city of Hue.
There are about 5 thousand here at the Quoc Hoc High School.
Ironically these people are now living where North Vietnam's leaders once studied. General Vo Huyen Giap, Prime Minister Pham Van Dong the men responsible for the current offensive and even the late Ho Chi Minh attended classes here.
Having been at war so long South Vietnam has some experience at handling refugees.
They're cared for in part by high school and university students and Boy Scouts.
There are an estimated twenty five thousand in South Vietnamese held territory and another five thousand in the area held by the North Vietnamese.
The people of Quang Tri province may never be able to go back to their homes even if the situation returns to normal.
The Saigon government plans to permanently relocate as many as fifty thousand of them in provinces to the South.
Jim Laurie reporting for NBC News, Hue, South Vietnam.
(Jim Laurie NBC News, Hue South Vn.)