The last group of Vietnamese boat people aboard the Hong Kong owned freighter the `Tung An', were moved to Tara Island on Wednesday (8 August) to await to await resettlement overseas.
MANILA BAY, NEAR THE PHILIPPINES (AUGUST 8, 1979) (REUTERS)
GV & PAN Tung An freighter in Manila harbour
GV Filipino Naval ship.
GV & PAN Freighter Tung An alongside navy ship.
SCU & SVs Refugees on Tung An waiting to cross to Navy ship. (3 SHOTS)
SV Instructions given to boat people by man with loudspeaker.
SV Refugees moving onto navy boat.
GV Deck of navy ship with people standing around Tung An alongside.
SV & GV People passing belongings from Tung An to Navy ship. (2 SHOTS)
GV & PAN Hull of Navy ship and refugees inside.
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Background: The last group of Vietnamese boat people aboard the Hong Kong owned freighter the `Tung An', were moved to Tara Island on Wednesday (8 August) to await to await resettlement overseas. They have been living aboard the freighter since they left Vietnam last November.
There were more than we two thousand refugees on board the `Tung An' when it arrived at Manila Harbour in December.
But only half the refugees remained on the vessel and on Wednesday (8 August) they were transferred to a Filipino naval ship for the journey to Tara Island, southwest of Manila. Until Wednesday (8 August) President Ferdinand Marcos refused to allow the refugees to come ashore unless they needed hospital treatment. Those who left the freighter were immediately resettled abroad. The move to transfer the `Tung An' refugees to Tara Island was hastened by the coming typhoon season.
The Philippines have charged the captain of the `Tung An' and his seventeen Taiwanese crew with illegally bringing the Vietnamese refugees to Manila. The freighter had already been turned away from Brunei. All members of the crew have pleaded not guilty.
But for the refugees it was a great relief to finally move from the crowded decks of the `Tung An' and begin the seventeen hour journey to Tara Island. It is a temporary solution, but it will be the first time many of them have been ashore since they left Vietnam last year.