• Short Summary

    ABOUT ONE PERSON IN EVERY 25 IN SAIGON AND ITS SUBURBS IS REPORTED TO BE HOMELESS BECAUSE OF THE HEAVY FIGHTING OF THE PAST FEW DAYS AND THE EARLIER VIET CONG "TET" OFFENSIVE.

  • Description

    ABOUT ONE PERSON IN EVERY 25 IN SAIGON AND ITS SUBURBS IS REPORTED TO BE HOMELESS BECAUSE OF THE HEAVY FIGHTING OF THE PAST FEW DAYS AND THE EARLIER VIET CONG "TET" OFFENSIVE. THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES ARE FLEEING FROM THEIR HOMES AS SOUTH VIETNAMESE AND U.S. TROOPS MOVE INTO AREAS WHERE VIETCONG HAVE INFILTRATED. THE CITY IS REPORTED TO NOW HAVE A REFUGEE POPULATION NUMBERING IN THE REGION OF 130,000.

    THE VIET CONG'S SECOND ATTACK ON SAIGON, WHICH BEGAN EARLY ON SUNDAY MORNING, HAS REPORTEDLY RESULTED IN A FRESH BURDEN OF NEARLY 30,000 REFUGEES, TO ADD TO THOSE WHO WERE MADE HOMELESS IN FEBRUARY.

    ON TUESDAY (7 MAY), AS SOUTH VIETNAMESE RANGERS, SUPPORTED BY AMERICAN TROOPS, PREPARED TO MOVE INTO THE PHAM THE HIEN AREA OF CHOLON, SAIGON'S TWIN CITY, THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES TOOK ADVANTAGE OF A BRIEF LULL TO FLEE, BEFORE HELICOPTERS BEGAN SHELLING THEIR HOMES.

    AS IN THE "TET" BATTLE, THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE ARE FINDING IT NECESSARY TO RAZE WHOLE STREETS, TO FORCE THE VIET CONG OUT. THE VIET CONG, TOO, ARE REPORTED TO BE SETTING FIRE TO HOMES TO PROVIDE WITHDRAWAL COVER.

    AND, ALSO AS IN FEBRUARY, MANY CIVILIANS ARE FALLING CASUALTY TO THE FIGHTING. A STEADY FLOW OF WOUNDED, INCLUDING WOMEN AND CHILDREN, PROVIDES TESTIMONY TO THE SAVAGERY OF THE FIGHTING.

    MANY OF THE REFUGEES WILL DRIFT BACK TO THE AREA, AFTER THE FIGHTING, TO FIND THEIR HOMES STILL INTACT. BUT, FOR OTHERS, LESS FORTUNATE, THE FUTURE IS BLEAK AND UNCERTAIN AS SAIGON'S LIMITED RESOURCES ARE STRAINED TO THE LIMIT WITH THE MOUNTING REFUGEE PROBLEM.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5OOVCK5WFEQ6BGURFC042QYF1
    Media URN:
    VLVA5OOVCK5WFEQ6BGURFC042QYF1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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