In Hong Kong, thousands more Vietnamese refugees have arrived by ship. Facilities for handling them?
In Hong Kong, thousands more Vietnamese refugees have arrived by ship. Facilities for handling them there are already inadequate.
SYNOPSIS: The freighter Skyluck arrived in Hong Kong waters on Wednesday (7 February) carrying at least three thousand more refugees. The freighter which is owned by Hong Kong interests and registered in Panama, crept into Hong Kong harbour under cover of darkness. Reports say the cargo of refugees was only discovered when health authorities were making a routine check.
The Skyluck's arrival in Hong Kong not anticipated by intelligence authorities as was the Huey Fong Which arrived three weeks earlier carrying hundred refugees. Signs on the Skyluck's side said "Life is valuable. Freedom is more valuable."
Caught off guard, the Government moved the Skyluck to waters off Lamma Island, west of Hong Kong until it's decided what to do with the refugees. Two tons of provisions were carried to the ship and an elderly woman taken ashore for hospital treatment.
Hong Kong is already one of the most crowded cities in the world and before the latest arrivals was caring for about ten thousand Vietnamese refugees. There are another two thousand stranded on board, the freighter, Tung An off the Philippines and the government there says it will order it to sail to Hong Kong - the ship's original destination.