• Short Summary

    One of the first official North Vietnamese views on the Communist controlled areas of South Vietnam has been filmed by a cameraman of the Nippon Dompa News agency of Tokyo.

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    One of the first official North Vietnamese views on the Communist controlled areas of South Vietnam has been filmed by a cameraman of the Nippon Dompa News agency of Tokyo.

    The "liberated areas" are those occupied by Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops at the time of the Vietnam peace agreement.

    Doc Myo is a former South Vietnamese army base littered with wrecked and abandoned military equipment -- everything from tanks to scattered ammunition. Now it all lies rusting under a North Vietnamese flag.

    Villages near the Ben Hai river, just south of the border between North and South, are now returning to normal farming and market life.

    The villagers have been in a Communist controlled area since March, 1972, when South Vietnamese troops pulled out of the area. According to information given to the NDN cameraman, the villagers have formed cooperative unions in each hamlet, to set the price of food and other goods and to help in reconstruction.

    SYNOPSIS: Six year after it was bombed, the Hien Luong bridge over the Ben Hai river, at the border of North and South Vietnam stands derelict and rusting. But it shadows one of the many Communist-controlled areas of South Vietnam, areas they describe as "liberated".

    In this film, officially sanctioned by the North Vietnamese, can be seen some of the derelict hardware of the war. It's in a district that was, only a year ago, controlled by South Vietnamese forces.

    But amid the wreckage of war, villagers are returning to their traditional concerns of the crops and harvest. The villages for about ten kilometres around the former Doc Myo army base, abandoned or closed by the South Vietnamese government during the war, are coming to life again. The rhythm of market and farm is returning, according to official Communist sources.

    The Communists say food is once again plentiful, its prices set by cooperative unions established in each village within the "liberated area". The populations of the villages, reduced by war with many people driven into the countryside, are swelling again, and life is returning to normal.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5LNV0C2C8J0C9TNSJULQ6TMUL
    Media URN:
    VLVA5LNV0C2C8J0C9TNSJULQ6TMUL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/05/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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