• Short Summary

    The one hundred thousandth Indo-Chinese refugees left Thailand on Tuesday (31 July) for a new life in the United States.

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    GV Bangkok refugee transit centre.
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    GV Suy Sim a Cambodian leaving camp with wife and baby. (2 SHOTS)
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    SV UNHCR officials talking to Suy Sim. (2 SHOTS)
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    SV Resettlement Officer Miss Hari Brissimi presenting gifts to Suy Sim. (2 SHOTS)
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    SV U.S. Embassy official talking to Suy Sim. (2 SHOTS)
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    GV Transit Centre. (4 SHOTS)
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    Background: The one hundred thousandth Indo-Chinese refugees left Thailand on Tuesday (31 July) for a new life in the United States. Thailand now has an estimated one hundred and fifty thousand Indochinese refugees living within its borders. Many of them are Kampucheans (Cambodians) who supported the pre-Chinese Pol Pot government.

    SYNOPSIS: The one hundred thousandth Indo-Chinese refugee to leave Thailand for the United States was Mr. Suy Sim, a thirty year old illiterate Kampuchean farmer who has lived in Thai refugee camps for the past four years. He is heading for Providence, Rhode Island with his wife Vann Lith and their one-and-a-half-month old son. A brief ceremony was held to mark the occasion at the transit centre where some sixteen hundred refugees are waiting for flights to the west.

    Miss Hari Brissimi, the Chief Resettlement Officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in Geneva, was there to present the couple with clothes for the baby and a pen for the fathe???. "He will have to learn to use it if he is going to survive in America", a refugee official said. More than half of the one hundred thousand people to leave Thailand have been resettled in the United States.

    France, Australia and Canada have also taken many of the refugees and Malaysia took about two thousand Moslems, but the camps are still overcrowded. Thailand has started to turn back many Kampucheans at the border since, it claims, it can no longer cope with the influx, and forty thousand Kampucheans are in makeshift camps waiting to be repatriated.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABYRIJ4PQO58MXVENJSXDA3YES
    Media URN:
    VLVABYRIJ4PQO58MXVENJSXDA3YES
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/08/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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