• Short Summary

    The Philippines Foreign Ministry has announced that the tiny island of Maewa in the South Pacific New Hebrides group has offered to take in all two thousand three hundred Vietnamese refugees at present stranded on board the freighter ship Tung An in Manila Bay.

  • Description

    The Philippines Foreign Ministry has announced that the tiny island of Maewa in the South Pacific New Hebrides group has offered to take in all two thousand three hundred Vietnamese refugees at present stranded on board the freighter ship Tung An in Manila Bay. The offer came from the island's Chief, Molly Stevens, on Monday (8 January) after the first sixteen people were taken off the ship for resettlement -- ten of them in France and six in New Zealand.

    SYNOPSIS: The Tung An has been in Manila Bay for nearly two weeks. United Nations representative, Werner Blatter, described the Maewa offer as "very generous", but doubted its feasibility because the island was looking for fishermen and farmers, while those aboard are mostly middle-class people.

    While the resettlement negotiations continue, the Tung An refugees have been receiving medical aid from the Filipino government. Conditions on board the freighter are said to be very bad, but the people's spirits have been raised since the resettlement offers from France and New Zealand -- and another from Israel to take a further hundred.

    According to Reuters News Agency, the Tung An may be towed out to sea on Thursday, (11 December) unless more undertakings to accept the refugees are forthcoming. At a news conference on Sunday (7 January), the Philippines President, Ferdinand Marcos, said international help would have to be organised by the United Nations -- both for the people aboard the Tung An and another two thousand Vietnamese refugees living in a camp in Manila.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3YD3P4TZN1XOBFBI5QM92EHQV
    Media URN:
    VLVA3YD3P4TZN1XOBFBI5QM92EHQV
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/01/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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