There are nearly 40,000 North Vietnamese/Viet-Cong prisoners being hold in the South. One of the?
There are nearly 40,000 North Vietnamese/Viet-Cong prisoners being hold in the South. One of the biggest prisoner of war camps is the Tem Hiep compound at Bien Hoa, about 20 miles (32 kilometres) north-east of Saigon.
This film, shot by VISNEWS cameraman Tran Huu Trong, is the first permitted by the South Vietnamese authorities. It shows the prisoners being prepared for civilian life. This includes political indoctrination, shopping and social activities.
SYNOPSIS: The Tam Hiep jail compound in South Vietnam--about twenty miles north-east of Saigon. One of the largest and most important prisoner of war camps in the south. Here, the prisoners are being prepared for civilian life--and one of the priorities is political indoctrination.
There are nearly forty-thousand Communist prisoners hold in the South-about tan thousand of them identified as North Vietnamese, while the great majority are Viet Cong and would probably be released within South Vietnam--in the event of a peace settlement being reached.
The draft agreement, released by Hanoi in October, provides for the release of prisoners on both sides, many of whom have been held for more than ten years.
In the compound self-service market, the prisoners not only purchase their own supplies, but they also keep apace with current prices and goods available in down own stores.
They also are allowed a certain social life--and they meet in the camp conference room for an evening of singing--in this case, a south Vietnamese patriotic song.