Seventy-eight North Vietnamese soldiers are prisoners-of-war of the Laotians. They are detained along with Pathet?
GV PAN..EXTERIOR.. prison camp, Sam Khe Laos
SV & CU Prisoners in compound give each other hair-cuts (2 shots)
SV Prisoner with cooking utensils
SV & CU food being prepared (2 shots)
SV & CU making fishnets
LV & CU Prisoners washing
SV & CU Prisoners sitting in compound
SV, CU & LV.. prisoners at carpentry (3 shots)
SV Prisoners working in forge
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Background: Seventy-eight North Vietnamese soldiers are prisoners-of-war of the Laotians. They are detained along with Pathet Lao and other prisoners at Sam Khe, near Vientiane, Laos.
The North Vietnamese Government does not admit that it has any forces in Laos. But the captured North Vietnamese soldiers knew that they were in Laos when they were captured. They came, they said, because they believed it was necessary to come through Laos to drive the Americans out of Vietnam.
SYNOPSIS: The prison camp at Sam Khe, a few miles out of Vientiane, is the war-time home of captured North Vietnamese soldiers, Pathet Lao and other Laotian Communists.
There are seventy-eight North Vietnamese. Some of them have been there since 1965. They live separately from the Laotian prisoners, cooking their own food and making fishing nets to sell to the local people.
The North Vietnamese Government denies that it has any forces in Laos. But the soldiers say that they knew they were in Laos when they were captured.
Their life in Sam Khe is more comfortable and less dangerous than in the North Vietnamese Army. But they say that they would take up arms again if they were released.