Refugees from the fighting in Vietnam continue to flood into Saigon. In the past ten?
Refugees from the fighting in Vietnam continue to flood into Saigon. In the past ten years the population of the city has grown from 500,000 to nearly 3,000,000. Today the city is bursting at the seams and many of the refugees have no proper home.
Saigon was once called the Paris of the Orient; now it is an overcrowded, dirty place in which to live. The flood of refugees from the fighting resulted in teeming streets, overloaded sewage systems, crowded schools and a host of other problems. Yet the refugees pour into the city because it is more secure than the countryside.
About 10,000 of the refugees live in a camp at Cho Lon, which, according to its director, gets practically no help from the government. The people in the camp have been promised that they will be given homes in a big building project a few blocks from the camp but to the refugees progress on the project is painfully slow. When completed it should house 4,000 of the refugees in the Cho Lon centre.
But that still leaves more than half of the people at the camp with little hope. And the refugees continue to come in.