CHINA: Refugees on the Run

A collapse of fraternal relations

The film footage showed weary, bedraggled refugees, some borne on stretchers, some wrapped in bandages, some hobbling along on crutches. Many were aged, others babes in arms. With the all too familiar misery of the homeless etched on their faces, the wretched bands made their way out of Viet Nam across the Nanhsi River into China. Elsewhere along the Sino-Vietnamese border, near Tunghsing, 52 escapees were fired on by Hanoi's troops as they tried to flee across the Gulf of Tonkin in a flotilla of tiny fishing boats.

Hauntingly reminiscent of the Viet...

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