President Ngo Dinh Diem of Vietnam opened a new communal camp - named an agroville - at Thanh-Thoi, 90 miles from Saigon July 16.
LS Arch at agroville.
Banner on arch.
President Ngo Dinh Diem cuts tape.
LS President's group on tour.
MS Youth of the agroville.
LS Decorated pavilion.
Group of girls listen.
MLS Girls lead band.
MS Girl home guards.
LS Men home guards.
MS President with children at nursery.
LS President's party tours agroville.
LS Business sector
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Background: President Ngo Dinh Diem of Vietnam opened a new communal camp - named an agroville - at Thanh-Thoi, 90 miles from Saigon July 16.
The agroville is a newly built self-sufficient market and village with a few hundred houses, schools, hospital, recreational facilities. The most important factor of the agroville is that it is usually fenced in for security against North Vietnamese Communist infiltration. There is electricity, pipe water and other modern amenities which were lacking in Vietnam's old villages.
This agroville is the fourth to be opened - the Government hopes that with the completion of 40 now being built the problems of Communist infiltration in the jungles from the north could be easily tackled by removing the conditions that favour such infiltration. In this the Government is encouraged by the Malaya experiment where the introduction of "new villages" to resettle people from jungle-fringevillages contributed to the success of the campaign against Communist terrorists.
At the inauguration President Ngo exhorted the new settlers to be on their guard against all enemies. The Thanh-Thai agroville has a well-trained and well-equipped home guard to look after the agroville's security.