Some six thousand Vietnamese refugees crammed aboard three small freighters off the Asian ports of Hong Kong, Manila and Kuala Lumpur received encouraging news on Monday (15 January).
GV (AT SEA OFF PHILIPPINES) Coast guard cutter approaching refugee ship (3 shots)
GV Coast guard cutter alongside ship
SV UN High Commissioner Werner Blatter clambering onto ship
SV Armed guard on cutter
SV Refugees being helped onto cutter (3 shots)
GV PAN (MANILA:) Jose Fabella Center: sign at entrance
GV EXTERIOR Refugees washing teeth and collecting water (3 shots)
CU INTERIOR Israeli Ambassador to Philippines Moshe Raviv speaking
GV (KUALA LUMPUR:) Refugees at airport awaiting processing (2 shots)
SV Official checking lists
GV TILT DOWN FROM Sign TO refugees entering departure lounge and their luggage being checked (2 shots)
GV Refugees walk across tarmac and up aircraft steps
REPORTER: "What will you be able to do with the people that you accept from this ship?"
RAVIV: "Providing that they are willing to work and such people that have no trades are also willing to pick up a trade, there is no problem. Israel....heeds working hands and this is one of our major problems right now."
REPORTER: "And you can find plenty of work for them to do?"
RAVIV: "We can find plenty of work for them to do. Some of them will apparently have to pick up a new trade. Not all of them have got a good trade. But as long as they are willing to work and they understand that in Israel one has to work to observe a reasonable conduct of life, then they should settle very, very well -- perhaps better than in other countries."
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Background: Some six thousand Vietnamese refugees crammed aboard three small freighters off the Asian ports of Hong Kong, Manila and Kuala Lumpur received encouraging news on Monday (15 January).
SYNOPSIS: In Manila, an Israeli official visited two thousand, three hundred refugees on board the freighter Tung An on Monday to begin selection of about one hundred of the who will be allowed to settle in Israel. United Nations representative Werner Blatter was another official to visit the refugees. In Hong Kong, the British government decided to ship out protective clothing for refugees aboard the Taiwanese freighter Huey Fong, after temperatures dropped to eleven degrees Centigrade (52 degrees Fahrenheit).
The Israeli official who visited the Tung An said that conditions aboard were the worst he'd seen. The Israeli Ambassador in Manila Moshe Raviv was asked about the possible emigrants..
Meanwhile, on the same day, the first group of fifty refugees, including children, from among eight hundred and ninety eight still aboard the freighter Hai Hong off the West coast of Malaysia left Kuala Lumpur for Bangkok on their way to resettlement in the United States. The Hai Hong originally arrived in November, with two thousand five hundred refugees. Other countries have so far accepted fifteen hundred of them.