REFUGEES: More Trials for the Boat People

Red tape is scuttling their hopes for resettlement

In spite of the worldwide crescendo of concern for them, Indochina's refugees remain the victims of acts of God and man. Though President Carter dispatched a five-ship Seventh Fleet task force to pick up whatever boat people it could find, the Navy rescue mission was temporarily halted after twelve days, when the 150 m.p.h. winds of Typhoon Hope whipped the South China Sea into a cauldron of death. Some 443 Vietnamese aboard three junks barely made it to Hong Kong after being pushed back to sea from Macao by Portuguese officials the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!