• Short Summary

    For the past month, thousands of Vietnamese refugees have been moved by the Indonesian navy to Galang Island, 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of Singapore.

  • Description

    For the past month, thousands of Vietnamese refugees have been moved by the Indonesian navy to Galang Island, 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of Singapore.

    The refugees are scattered on several small islands in Indonesia's Anambas group in the South China Sea.

    Indonesia is turning Galand into a processing centre to be run by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

    On his way to Singapore on Monday (17 September) Indonesian President Suharto stopped to make a brief inspection tour of the facilities on the island.

    SYNOPSIS: Until the refugees arrived, only a handful of fishermen made their homes on this hilly and jungle-covered island.

    President Suharto, who arrived by helicopter, was given a warm welcome by thousand of flag-waving refugees who lined the route into the camp.

    The President asked the refugees to contribute in the development of the island during their stay in appreciation for the aid and food being supplied to them.

    He suggested each refugee should plant a coconut tree.

    At the moment more than twenty barrack have been built, each capable of housing 100 people. More are under construction. Camp officials told President Suharto that UNICEF is planning to build a school which will teach the refugees languages of their resettlement countries.

    When construction is completed, the Galang processing centre is expected to hold up to ten thousand refugees.

    Japan has agreed to pay half of the thirteen million US dollars cost. The United States has promised five million, Australia one million and South Korea 200,000 dollars. The rest will come form the United Nations.

    There are now nearly 46,000 Vietnamese boat people in Indonesia.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2R8YA1S0LO4D73ES8MB31HE3I
    Media URN:
    VLVA2R8YA1S0LO4D73ES8MB31HE3I
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/09/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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