Nearly 1,000 South Vietnamese orphans have arrived at their new homes in London, San Francisco and Sydney this weekend.
GV Clark Airforce base - plane on runway
SV Woman carrying orphans off plane
GV AND SV Orphans in base gymnasium (3 shots)
SV American pilots in plane
SV Woman feeding child on plane
SV Child eating
SV AND CU Children sleeping in aircraft (5 shots)
SV Women carrying children off aircraft (2 shots)
SV Woman watches as President Ford brings out child from aircraft (2 shots)
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IN LONDON SV Women carrying children
GV AND SV Children in airport arrival lounge (2 shots)
SV Doctor examining child
SV PAN Children sleeping
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Background: Nearly 1,000 South Vietnamese orphans have arrived at their new homes in London, San Francisco and Sydney this weekend.
The emergency airlift has, however, been subjected to harsh criticism from South Vietnamese Catholic and Buddhist organisations which accused the local government of using the operation as a propaganda move.
The United States Government also came in for similar criticism from the North Vietnamese.
In San Francisco, President Ford went on board the aircraft to welcome the first batch of 325 children -- many were survivors the giant Galaxy transport which crashed just after it took off on Friday killing 140 children. More than 406 were sent to Chicago and Seattle on Monday (7 April).
In London, medical teams and officials from welfare agencies were at hand to pick up the 105 orphans who were flown into the country under a project organised by a national newspaper.
Another batch of 200 children arrived in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday (5 April).
Most of the children, aged between a few months and ten years, needed immediate medical treatment. Many were suffering from respiratory infections, malnutrition and skin infections.
The South Vietnamese Government announced on Monday that the controversial adoption programme would continue but at a slower pace.