Two New Zealand nuns, last seen fleeing the bombarded, blazing city of Phouc Binh with 100 orphaned children, have emerged from seven weeks in Communist captivity looking cheerful and healthy.
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Background: Two New Zealand nuns, last seen fleeing the bombarded, blazing city of Phouc Binh with 100 orphaned children, have emerged from seven weeks in Communist captivity looking cheerful and healthy.
Sister Mary Laurence and Sister Mary Dorothy said the Viet Cong did not seem to know what to do with them -- they were turned away unwanted from a prisoner of war camp.
"They were very good to us really," said Sister Laurence, "They treated us very well."
The sisters and their Chinese superior, Sister Lee, were captured after wandering through the jungle for days after the fall of Phouc Binh to Communist forces on January 7.
The three were brought to Phu Cuong just north of Saigon after being set free by the Viet Cong on Tuesday (25 February).
They ran an orphanage, a dispensary and an arts and crafts centre in the provincial capital of Phouc Binh.
When the city came under siege by tanks and artillery in late December, they refused to leave the Montagnard hill tribes people among whom they worked. Sister Laurence had been at the mission for five years and Sister Dorothy joined her last year.
The nuns said the Viet Cong took them by jeep to "A No Man's Land" on Tuesday and left them about 90 minutes walk from Phu Giao, some 45 miles (70 kms) south of Phouc Binh.
Government forces brought them to Phu Cuong hospital where they were met by other members of their order, Notre Dame des Missions.
They were later brought to the New Zealand Embassy in Saigon by car.