These children are victims of the war in South Vietnam. They may not be physically?
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MCV Sign 'Young Birds flock'
MV Children playing in circle (3 shots)
MCV Children playing (2 shots)
MV Children playing
MV Small boy reading letters off blackboard
MV Children enter dining room
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Background: These children are victims of the war in South Vietnam. They may not be physically scarred, for their wounds are of the heart and mind. They are orphans at the Long Thanh orphanage, near Saigon.
Called the Young Bird's Nest, the orphanage is run jointly by Catholics and Buddhists. Eighty of the some twenty-five hundred children here present a special problem. They are mixed-blood orphans -- fathered by foreign troops serving in South Vietnam. American servicemen are the cause for the great majority of these children, but neither the U.S. nor the South Vietnamese governments officially recognise the existence of the mixed-blood orphans. Consequently, few orphanages will take them in.
This orphanage was begun in 1967 by the Can Dai religious sect. It has been criticised by the South Vietnamese government, which claimed it was giving food to the enemy, but the orphanage continues to give comfort to these young victims of war.