• Short Summary

    THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES FROM THE PLAIN OF JARS IN NORTH LAOS ARE BEING LOOKED AFTER BY THE LAOTIAN GOVERNMENT.

  • Description

    1.
    GV GOVERNMENT ROAD BLOC PAN TO LV ARMY CAMP
    0.08

    2.
    GV & SV OFFICIALS TALKING
    0.14

    3.
    SV SOLDIERS TILT DOWN TO EQUIPMENT
    0.19

    4.
    SV & CU SOLDIERS' WEAPONS (2 SHOTS)
    0.29

    5.
    SV PAN TROOPS EATING FROM OPEN TABLE
    0.40

    6.
    GV PAN REFUGEE CAMP
    0.46

    7.
    TRACKING SHOT REFUGEES IN OPEN HUTS
    0.59

    8.
    SV POTS AND PANS ON TABLE
    1.02

    9.
    SV REFUGEE WOMAN EATING
    1.07

    10.
    CU & SV BABY ON MOTHERS'S BACK
    1.14

    11.
    SV CHILD REFUGEE IN CAMP (2 SHOTS)
    1.25

    12.
    GV & SV WOMEN AT FOOD TABLE
    1.33

    13.
    SV MAN CUTTING LOG WITH AXE
    1.36

    14.
    SV MAN TIES POLES TOGETHER WITH STRING
    1.41

    15.
    GV REFUGEES SITTING AROUND TALKING
    1.44

    16.
    GV PAN CAMP AREA
    1.52



    Initials JB/VS/BOB/PS



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES FROM THE PLAIN OF JARS IN NORTH LAOS ARE BEING LOOKED AFTER BY THE LAOTIAN GOVERNMENT. SIXTEEN THOUSAND PEOPLE WERE EVACUATED FROM THE AREA LAST MONTH BEFORE NORTH VIETNAMESE FORCES OVERRAN IT.

    MORE THAN A THOUSAND REFUGEES, INCLUDING MANY WOMEN AND CHILDREN, ARE LIVING IN ONE CAMP IN SUBURBAN VIENTIANE. THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BRING LITTLE WITH THEM - A FEW PERSONAL POSSESSIONS AND UTENSILS.

    THE HOMES OF MANY OF THE REFUGEES HAVE BEEN DESTROYED IN THE FIGHTING FOR THE PLAIN OF JARS. NOW THEY HAVE NO PLACE TO GO AND THE GOVERNMENT IS HAVING TO LOOK AFTER THEM.

    VIENTIANE ITSELF IT OUTWARDLY QUIET AND THERE IS LITTLE SIGN OF THE TENSION THAT MIGHT BE EXPECTED WITH FIGHTING GOING ON NOT FAR FROM THE CITY. VIENTIANE ITSELF IS REPORTED TO BE WITHIN RANGE OF PATHET LAO ARTILLERY.

    ON THE ROADS LEADING NORTH FROM THE CAPITAL - TOWARD THE FIGHTING ZONE - GOVERNMENT TROOPS HAVE SET UP CHECKPOINTS, AND THERE ARE ARMY CAMPS AND MANY TROOPS.

    MEANWHILE, THE LAOTIAN PRIME MINISTER, PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA, HAS SAID HE WILL TOLERATE NORTH VIETNAMESE FORCES USING THE HO CHI MINH TRAIL THROUGH SOUTHERN LAOS IF THEY WILL WITHDRAW FROM THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. HE HAS PREVIOUSLY HINTED AT THIS CONDITION BUT NOW HAS MADE THE OFFER IN AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT.

    THE TRAIL IS A COMPLEX OF JUNGLE PATHS AND DIRT ROADS USED BY NORTH VIETNAMESE FOR THE MOVEMENT OF TROOPS EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES FROM NORTH VIETNAM DOWN THE EASTERN SIDE OF LAOS TO THE BATTLEFIELDS OF SOUTH VIETNAM.

    HE ADDED THAT THE TRAIL RAN THROUGH A DESERTED PART OF LAOS BUT HE DID NOT WANT THE NORTH VIETNAMESE TO DESTROY TOWNS, AND VILLAGES IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY.

    MILITARY SOURCES ESTIMATE THERE ARE SOME 48-THOUSAND HANOI TROOPS IN LAOS, ABOUT HALF OF THEM ON THE HO CHI MINH TRAIL AND HALF IN NORTHERN LAOS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD9HGXCW31JOTRABBOFXT88NMV
    Media URN:
    VLVAD9HGXCW31JOTRABBOFXT88NMV
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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