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South Vietnam Orphan Airlift / South Vietnam Orphans Growing Up in US #239826

CBS Evening News for Monday, Apr 07, 1975
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(Studio) South Vietnam government calls halt to mass orphan airlift, but later says more children can leave. In Seattle, leader of 1 of main evacuation organizations says more orphan airlifts to occur if possible. More than 40 orphans remain hospitalized in San Francisco, California; 1 doctor says children basically hardy; pose no health hazard to community. Among issues raised with regard to orphan airlift is results of removing children from homeland and forcing them to grow up in alien country
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Minneapolis, Minnesota) 5 years ago 1 South Vietnam orphan arrived in US; today at 14, Sarah Kramer just like any other American 8th grader. Sarah belongs to large and rather unusual family. Peter and Betty Kramer have 3 boys of their own, Korean named Mary, and Vietnam child, Rebecca. [Betty KRAMER - believes Sarah's friends consider her just another kid.] [Peter KRAMER - feels strongly that Vietnam children shouldn't be used as symbol of national guilt.] Sarah's life very much like any American girl. [Sarah KRAMER - discusses orphan situation in Vietnam.] Yesterday, Kramers greeted newest arrivals from Saigon. [Betty KRAMER - recalls her own feelings when they adopted their 3 daughters.]
REPORTER: Chris Kelley (WCCO-TV film)

(Studio) Miami psychologist, Dr. Edith Lord, says many Americans trying to adopt Vietnam orphans not equipped to raise child, but are driven by United States guilt surrounding war, glamour of adoption and own emotional problems.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter

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