• Short Summary

    IN THE SLUM-RIDDEN BACKSTREETS OF SAIGON AN ESTIMATED 1,000,000 REFUGEES CROWD INTO THATCHED AND TIN-ROOFED SHACKS IN THEIR FIGHT FOR LIVING SPACE.

  • Description

    IN THE SLUM-RIDDEN BACKSTREETS OF SAIGON AN ESTIMATED 1,000,000 REFUGEES CROWD INTO THATCHED AND TIN-ROOFED SHACKS IN THEIR FIGHT FOR LIVING SPACE. PARENTS SET UP HOME IN AN ABANDONED CEMETERY, THEIR CHILDREN SWIM IN BADLY POLLUTED RIVERS.

    SAIGON HAS OUTSTRIPPED TOKYO AS THE MOST DENSELY POPULATED CITY IN THE WORLD. MORE THAN ONE IN EVERY THREE CHILDREN DIE BEFORE THEY REACH THE AGE OF FOUR. OF THOSE WHO SURVIVE, ONE IN TEN CONTRACT TUBERCULOSIS.

    THE SLUM DWELLERS OF SAIGON TAKE LITTLE PART IN THE AFFAIRS OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, AND THEY RARELY VENTURE INTO THE CAR - AND SCOOTER-FILLED STREETS THAT PROVIDE THE CITY'S POLICE FACE. THEY ARE CONCERNED ONLY WITH THEIR FIGHT AGAINST ILLNESS, STARVATION AND DEATH.

    A RECENT INCREASE IN PRICES HAS HIT THE REFUGEES HARD. AFTER A PERIOD OF RELATIVE STABILITY. PRICES GENERALLY HAVE RISEN 15 PER CENT. RICE, THE STAPLE FOOD, HAS CLIMBED IN PRICE BY 60 PER CENT.

    A DISUSED GRAVEYARD NOW HOUSES 5,000 MEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN.

    IF THE CHILDREN LIVE TO ADOLESCENCE, THEY WILL BE FAR MORE LIKELY TO JOIN SAIGON'S 200,00 JUVENILE DELINQUENTS THAN GET INTO THE SECONDARY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

    THE POOR LIVING CONDITIONS HAVE MADE THE PEOPLE RESTIVE. WITH NEW ELECTIONS DUE, THERE'S SOME OFFICIAL CONCERN THAT DISCONTENT AMONG THE REFUGEES MAY SOON FAN INTO DEMONSTRATIONS AND RIOTS.

    THE MAYOR OF SAIGON HAS SAID THAT HE EXPECTS NEW DEMONSTRATIONS DURING THE SPRING.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7BGBXI8NE9OUVR7IT5Z3EOZJZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA7BGBXI8NE9OUVR7IT5Z3EOZJZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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