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NOTES: COL PRINT LOCATION: LONDON, UK TITLE: VIETS LONDON SERVICED DATE: 10/17/78 NO: LNC97559 DATE SHOT: 10/17/78 LENGTH: 66 FT SECONDS: 1.46 SOUND: ENGLISH COMMENTARY DATE OF ARRIVAL:
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NOTES: COL PRINT LOCATION: LONDON, UK TITLE: VIETS LONDON SERVICED DATE: 10/17/78 NO: LNC97559 DATE SHOT: 10/17/78 LENGTH: 66 FT SECONDS: 1.46 SOUND: ENGLISH COMMENTARY DATE OF ARRIVAL: FILM SHOWS: SCENES OF THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES RESCUED BY A BRITISH SHIP IN THE FAR EAST SETTLING INTO THEIR NEW QUARTERS IN LONDON LEAD IN: THE 346 VIETNAMESE REFUGEES WHO WERE PICKED UP BY A BRITISH SHIP IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA ON SECOND OCTOBER WERE BUSY SETTLING INTO THEIR NEW QUARTERS AT AN ARMY BARRACKS IN CENTRAL LONDON. ON TUESDAY (17 OCT). THE REFUGEES ARRIVED IN BRITAIN THE PREVIOUS EVENING AND ARE BEING PROVISIONALLY HOUSED IN KENSINGTON ARMY BARRACKS WHERE THEY WILL BE INTRODUCED TO THE BRITISH WAY OF LIFE. THE VIETNAMESE WERE PICKED UP BY A CARGO VESSEL IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA SUFFERING FROM STARVATION AND LACK OF WATER. THEIR FRAGILE CRAFT WAS ALSO IN DANGER OF SINKING. THE GROUP WAS JUST ONE OF MANY WHO HAVE ATTEMPTED FLIGHT FROM VIETNAM BY SEA SINCE THE COMMUNIST TAKE-OVER. UPITN HAS A REPORT ON THE REFUGEES' FIRST DAY IN LONDON. FEET R/SECS 7 0.11 MS PEOPLE EATING AT TABLE (3 SHOTS) 12 0.19 MS FORMER MILLIONAIRE DRINKING 24 0.38 MS KIDS ON BED (3 SHOTS) 35 0.56 MS ENGINEER TALKS 39 1.02 MS LADY TREATED FOR DEHYDRATION 43 1.09 MS CHILDREN BEING TAKEN IN AMBULANCE 50 1.20 MS VIETS WAITING FOR WARM CLOTHES (2 SHOTS) 53 1.25 MS PEOPLE WITH NEW CLOTHES 66 1.46 MS CHILDREN PLAY & WALK WITH POLICEMAN COMMENTARY: DINNER TONIGHT WAS VIETNAMESE-STYLE PORK AND RICE -- A REMINDER OF HOME FOR THE REFUGEES WHO MAY NEVER SEE VIETNAM AGAIN. SOME ARE BOUND TO FIND THINGS DIFFICULT AT FIRST. THIS MAN WAS ONCE A MILLIONAIRE. NOW, AT 74, HE'S HOPING HIS SON IN AMERICA WILL LOOK AFTER HIM. HIS FAMILY HAS A ROOM TO THEMSELVES. LOK WAS A WAREHOUSE MANAGER BEFORE THE COMMUNISTS TOOK OVER. HE BROUGHT HIS WIFE, SIX CHILDREN AND A BABY COUSIN WITH HIM. THIS FAMILY WAS STARVING AFTER THEIR FATHER, AN ENGINEER, LOST HIS JOB. HE DESCRIBED THE BOAT JOURNEY...... REFUGEE: EVERYONE WAS SEASICK. WE COULD JUST SIT THERE, WE HAD NO SPACE FOR SLEEPING, WE JUST SAT THERE. IT'S A VERY BAD AND PAINFUL MEMORY. SEVERAL PEOPLE WERE SICK IN THE RED CROSS INFIRMARY. THIS 84-YEAR-OLD WOMAN IS SUFFERING FROM DEHYDRATION. AND FIVE CHILDREN WITH MEASLES HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO HOSPITAL. THEIR MOTHERS WERE ALLOWED TO GO WITH THEM. THE COLD WEATHER HAS CAUSED QUEUING FOR CLOTHES. VOLUNTEERS WERE KITTING OUT ALL SIZES. HUNDREDS OF CLOTHES HAVE BEEN SENT BY WELL-WISHES. BUT THEY DON'T ALL QUITE FIT. BUT EVEN FREEZING RAIN COULDN'T DAMPEN MOST REFUGEES' SPIRITS. SOME CHILDREN HAVE ALREADY FOUND BICYCLES. WHILE OTHERS GOT IN A BIT OF PRACTICE AT THEIR NEW NATIONAL SPORT. AND THEN THE PICTURE THAT SAYS IT ALL.
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