Four hundred and thirty three Vietnamese refugees, picked up by a West German hospital ship, have been disembarked in Singapore after a week of waiting.
GV West German hospital ship in Singapore harbour
SV Sign of Cape Anamour and Port de Lumire
SV Two babies with mother in ship (3 shots)
SV Refugees disembarking from ship (2 shots)
GV Ship Cap Anamour and Singapore harbour (2 shots)
SV Ferry boat
CU Sign of refugee camp
GV Hawkin's Road Camp with crowded refugees
SV INTERIOR living conditions (3 shots)
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Background: Four hundred and thirty three Vietnamese refugees, picked up by a West German hospital ship, have been disembarked in Singapore after a week of waiting. The refugees could not be brought ashore earlier because Singapore's only camp was over-crowded.
SYNOPSIS: The refugees were picked up by the Cape Anamour, a five thousand, four hundred and thirty ton (5517 tonnes) ship, chartered by a West German charity organisation. It has been active in local water, rescuing and aiding boat people, since last July.
While the Cape Anamour lay at anchor in Singapore harbour, two babies were born on board. According to the ship's captain, the parents and the others were rescued in the South China Sea between May fifteenth and twenty first. They arrived in Singapore on May twenty third but had to wait seven days for government approval to disembark.
These refugees picked up by the Cape Anamour, unlike thousands of others, have somewhere to go. The West German Government has given a guarantee to resettle all of them within three months.
In the meantime, they will join about three thousand other Vietnamese refugees at the crowded Hawkin's Road Camp.
Conditions are cramped and uncomfortable in the camp. And the problems facing the singapore government in dealing with the refugees increase with every added intake.