NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 23, 1978
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(Studio) General media portrayal of refugees as pathetic outlined. Individual problems of refugees noted. No. in S.E. Asia reported
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Refugee Camp, Thailand) Conditions surrounding most refugees, many of whom are children, described. Ex. of attempted escape from Laos given in fatal effort of 53 of 54 people trying to cross Mekong River into Thailand; their deaths from gunfire of Pathet Lao and Vietnam troops noted. Sole survivor reported to be 11-yr.-old Li Syung. Li's ordeal before reaching refugee camp in Thailand outlined. Interview with Li, with American refugee officer John Tucker as interpreter, shown. [LI - speaks to Tucker.] [TUCKER - says Li's parents told him to go east to Thailand if something happened to them.] Li's life in camp after discovery by Dr. Dominica Garcia described. Efforts of many refugees to learn English in hopes of getting to United States and United States plans to allow limited number of refugees into country through May, 1979, stated. Is noted that only France, Canada and Australia have accepted large numbers of S.E. Asia refugees. Details about refugees' lives and hopes of leaving camps given. Other comments by Li quoted.
REPORTER: Jack Reynolds