Another 33 Vietnamese refugees have arrived in Italy to begin a new life. The refugees...who've?
Another 33 Vietnamese refugees have arrived in Italy to begin a new life. The refugees...who've been offered homes by the government and Italian Welfare organisations arrived in Rome on Tuesday (21 August) after being flown from Bangkok. This latest group take the number of Indo-Chinese refugees in Italy to nearly two-thousand.
SYNOPSIS: By far the largest group arrived in Venice on monday (20 August) 896 altogether...they had been picked up by three Italian warships sent to the South China sea early last month (july) to search for boat people. The cruisers Vittorio Veneto and Andrea Doria along with the supply ship stromobli, picked up 196 people adrift at sea and then collected another 700 from Malaysian Refugee camps. Among those taken on Board were 265 children. A large crowd gathered by the dock in Venice to welcome the refugees as they stepped onto Italian soil for the first time.
Although they'd been given medical attention, aboard the naval ships, many of the refugees were still weak from the hardships suffered during their bid for freedom. Many had spent weeks at sea on their tiny boats...often going days without food or water ...and always running the risk of attack from pirates.
As the refugees came ashore in Venice they were immediately placed in the care of the Italian Red Cross. For at least the next few weeks home will be one of three refugee camps, one near Trieste, another outside of Bologna and the third near Treviso.
Many of these refugees won't be staying in Italy..they've already asked to be sent to the United States where a large Vietnamese Community already exists. for those that want to remain, crash courses in Italian have been organised and efforts are underway to find them jobs.