Foreign News: The Flight of Refugees From China

"I'VE GOT TO GET OUT"

Month after month, the refugees straggle into Macao, Portugal's ancient island colony just off the Chinese mainland. Ever since Mao Tse-tung launched his drive to force peasants off their land and into communes two years ago, the trickle has averaged 200 a month. But in recent weeks the slow flow has tripled and quadrupled. Among the recent refugees was one Kou Kong-kit, 20. Kou's story:

TWO years ago, Kou had been a carefree student, the son of a small landowner in Kwangtung Province's fertile Chungshan County. Then the...

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