Almost a thousand Vietnamese `boat people' have been brought ashore in Hong Kong from the British freighter Sibonga before their resettlement in England.
GV: The Sibonga docking in Hong Kong,police look on.
GV AND SV: refugees watching from side of ship. (2 shots)
GV: refugees disembark from The Sibonga and are checked by Immigration official (4 shots)
SV: refugees climb on to bus and bus leaves (3 shots)
(U.K.) stores and Post Office in village of Sopley
GV: Sopley reception centre.
GV: Sopley reception centre sign and entrance.
CU: Robert Hood, Head of Indo-Chinese Section of British Council for Aid to Refugees, speaking in English.
GVs: Hood speaking over camp exteriors, medical centre, cooking facilities, beds arriving and playing fields. (7 shots)
HOOD: "The topography of the camp lends itself very much to the sort of project we need it for; it's self catering, it'll give them a certain amount of independence; there's plenty of space in there for reorientation, English classes. There's a medical unit which has got an isolation unit. So, from the planning point of view, it's a first-class sort of place to have a reception for six hundred.Though we don't anticipate taking six hundred in one go, we'll be phasing them over a few days, so we can give the place a chance to get on its feet and get the operation running efficiently. But, if you'd looked at the refugee camps out in southeast Aisa (indistinct), they'd probably put ten thousand in the same area."
PETTS: "How have the people of Sopley reacted to having six hundred visitors suddenly descending up them?"
HOOD: "Well, I think the response, the response from the Hampshire area, has been overwhelming. We're having to appoint someone full-time to coordinate the Red, Cross, the WVRS, everybody's coming in, and it really is, it's terrific."
REPORTER: GEOFFREY PETTS
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Background: Almost a thousand Vietnamese `boat people' have been brought ashore in Hong Kong from the British freighter Sibonga before their resettlement in England. They'll be flown over in batches during the next few weeks, to be housed initially at a disused air force camp in southern England.
SYNOPSIS: The refugees, waving and smiling, lined the deck as the Sibonga berthed at Kowloon pier. For most, it was their first return to dry land since they left Vietnam aboard overcrowded fishing junks in May.
Carrying their few remaining possessions, the `boat people' made their way down the ship's gangway for a brief check by immigration officials. The Sibonga was allowed to discharge its human cargo after the British government accepted responsibility for the refugees, who'd been rescued from their two sinking fishing boats in the South China Sea.
A hundred and twenty of the Vietnamese are due to leave for Britain on June the eleventh, followed by another one hundred and eighty the next day.
Their first home will be at a disused base at the village of Sopley in Hampshire on the south coast of England. Workmen are starting to install heating, lighting, cooking and plumbing facilities. Geoff Petts of Visnews spoke to Robert Hood of the British Council for Aid to Refugees.