• Short Summary

    A VIETNAMESE MONK ON CON PHUONG ISLAND, SOUTH-EAST OF SAIGON, IS DOING ALL HE CAN TO BRING ABOUT PEACE.

  • Description


    MASTS WITH PLATFORM; DAO DUA; WORSHIPPERS; DAO DUA BLESSING COCONUT BEFORE EATING IT; CROSS AND REVERSED SWASTIKA (SIGNS OF PEACE); TABLE READY FOR PEACE CONFERENCE.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A VIETNAMESE MONK ON CON PHUONG ISLAND, SOUTH-EAST OF SAIGON, IS DOING ALL HE CAN TO BRING ABOUT PEACE. HE HOPES BY DAILY PRAYER AND FASTING TO BRING LEADERS OF THE COUNTRIES INVOLVED IN THE STRUGGLE TOGETHER ROUND A TABLE BENEATH HIS HOME, WHICH IS PERCHED ON PLATFORMS ON TWO MASTS BY THE MEKONG RIVER.

    THE MONK, NGUYEN THANH NAM, IS POPULARLY KNOWN AS DAO DUA. HE HAS FOUNDED A KIND OF PEACE SECT WHICH COMBINES BUDDHISM AND CHRISTIANITY. HE SAYS THAT HE WILL ONLY EAT COCONUTS UNTIL PEACE HAS RETURNED TO HIS COUNTRY.

    THE MONK PASSES THE NIGHT ON ONE MAST IN WHAT LOOKS LIKE A WOODEN SENTRY BOX, AND THE DAY IN A SLIGHTLY LARGER CROW'S NEST. THE TWO ARE PERCHED ON PLATFORMS ON TOP OF COLOURFUL YELLOW AND BLUE MASTS, AND THE MONK REACHES THEM BY GOING UP SOME WHITE STEPS. ROUND THE STRANGE CONSTRUCTION THEE ARE A NUMBER OF LARGE EMBLEMS REPRESENTING BUDDHIST AND CHRISTIAN FIGURES, AND EVERYWHERE CHRISTIAN CROSSES AND REVERSED SWASTICAS, REPRESENTING PEACE, CAN BE SEEN BY THE LARGE CROWDS OF WORSHIPPERS AND TOURISTS WHO COME TO THE ISLAND.

    THE BUILDING COST OF GBP70,000 TO CONSTRUCT, AND THIS WAS PAID FOR BY THE RICH MEN AMONG THE FAITHFUL. DAO DUA IS SOMETHING OF A CELEBRITY IN SOUTH VIETNAM. AMERICAN SOLDIERS WHO VISIT CON PHUONG ISLAND ON LEAVE ARE TOLD OF THE TIME WHEN THE MONK WENT TO SEE HENRY CABOT LODGE, THEN THE AMERICAN AMBASSADOR IN SAIGON, CARRYING A CAT AND FIVE MICE IN A BASKET. THAT PEACE INITIATIVE FAILED, BUT DAO DUO HAS NOT GIVEN UP HOPE: ONE DAY THE LEADERS OF THE BELLIGERENT GOVERNMENTS WILL NO DOUBT SEE HIS POSTERS CALLING ON THEM TO MAKE PEACE AND WILL GATHER AT CON PHUONG ROUND HIS PEACE TABLE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADWEN1QSC21BAEI07N6EAVGAQ3
    Media URN:
    VLVADWEN1QSC21BAEI07N6EAVGAQ3
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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