A group of two hundred and ninety-three Vietnamese boat people arrived in Singapore on Monday (4 August).
GV Vessel "Cap Anamour" enters Singapore Harbour. (2 SHOTS)
SV INTERIOR Refugees sleeping on lower deck of ship.
SV Refugee children.
SV Other refugees, including children, on lower deck. (5 SHOTS)
SV Young children sitting on upper deck.
GV "Cap Anamour" anchored off Singapore Harbour.
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Background: A group of two hundred and ninety-three Vietnamese boat people arrived in Singapore on Monday (4 August). They had been rescued in the South China Sea and the Gulf of Thailand by the West German Hospital ship Cap Anamour.
SYNOPSIS: The refugees were found over a period of nine days. They had been drifting in five small boats.
West German officials hope to be able to settle all of these refugees within three months, but their home for the immediate future will remain the hospital ship.
Singapore does not allow Vietnamese refugees to go ashore until it has been guaranteed they well receive permanent homes in another country within three months of their arrival. A total of four hundred boat people arrived in Singapore and Hong Kong on Monday (4 August) and Tuesday (5 August). Eighty-four of them were picked up by a United States Navy ship and were taken to Hong Kong to await re-settlement in the United States.
These children could soon be moving again. But it will be a less hazardous journey, to new homes in West Germany.