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Vietnam / Fighting / Corruption and United States Aid #1918

ABC Evening News for Friday, Sep 27, 1968
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(Studio) Enemy attacks Thien Ngon and Phuoc Tan. South Vietnam and Green Berets hold and American planes offer support. 276 enemy killed in both places. Director Catholic Relief Services in 1st corps. area in Vietnam, Matthew D'Arcy says United States aid there damaged by corruption and inefficiency on point of South Vietnam officials.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(South Vietnam) United States aid made country land of thieves. D'Arcy tells reporter Craig Spence that United States representatives know of thievery but can't stop it. United States Ambassador Robert Komer says corruption cleaned up. [D'ARCY - says lots of supplies stolen off wharves. Commodities slowly move out of warehse. Tells of discrepancies. Percentage raked off at every level.] [Ambassador KOMER - says if there wasn't great deal of corruption, present government wouldn't be making big deal of anti-corruption campaign. Govt. really doing something about it.] Black market flourishes here. Refugees suffer most because products due for them free are sold to others. [KOMER - says 9,000 of 1 million TET evacuees are still in camps and 34,000 living with relatives and friends. Govt. resettling almost million is more important than few 1,000 not being settled.] [D'ARCY - says what government considers settled is not what he says. Cites differences. Few in his definition are resettled.] D'Arcy has run service for year
REPORTER: Jim Burnes

Burnes, Jim;
Reynolds, Frank

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