~~October 2, 2015~~
VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE
Let’s go back in history and take a trip down “memory lane”.
The Vietnam War ended on April 30, 1975 with the Fall of Saigon to the North Vietnamese Army and the evacuation of more than 130,000 Vietnamese closely associated with the United States or the South Vietnamese regime.
Vietnamese boat people refers to refugees who fled Vietnam by boat and ship after the Vietnam War, especially during 1978 and 1979, but continuing until the early 1990’s. The term is also often used generically to refer to all the Vietnamese (about 2 million) who left their country by any means between 1975 and 1995. This article uses “boat people” to apply only to those who fled Vietnam by boat.
The number of boat people leaving Vietnam and arriving safely in another country totalled almost 800,000 between 1975 and 1995. Many of the refugees failed to survive the passage, facing danger and hardship from pirates, over-crowded boats, and storms. The boat people’s first destinations were the Southeast Asian countries of Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The mass flight of hundreds of thousands of boat people from Vietnam in 1978 and 1979 caused an international humanitarian crisis with the Southeast Asian countries increasingly unwilling to accept more boat people on their shores. After negotiations and an international conference in 1979, Vietnam agreed to limit the flow of people leaving the country, the Southeast Asian countries agreed to admit the boat people temporarily, and the rest of the world, especially the developed countries, agreed to assume most of the costs of caring for the boat people and to resettle them in their countries.
From refugee camps in Southeast Asia, the great majority of boat people were resettled in developed countries, more than one-half in the United States and most of the remainder in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Several tens of thousands were repatriated to Vietnam, either voluntarily or involuntarily. Programs and facilities to carry out resettlement included the Orderly Departure Program, the Philippine Refugee Processing Center, and the Comprehensive Plan of Action.
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These people were displaced as a direct consequence of the Vietnam war.
Ideologies, beliefs, convictions, policies, intervention in an unknown region were applied to this country.
“The invaders” lacked knowledge about the country that was invaded.
The role of the United States in the Vietnam War began after the Second World War and escalated into full commitment during what is termed the Vietnam War from 1959 to 1975.
This historical fact can be brought to our present times and applied to the massive exodus that is occurring in the Middle East as a consequence of the war in Syria.
The common factor: human beings fleeing areas of conflict, danger, oppression, violence and death.
Looking and hoping for a better future for their families.
It seems seems to me that history is repeating itself.
As humans, this race hasn’t learned any life lessons.
The powers that be continue to impose destruction,conflict and chaos in areas were they don’t belong.
Will we ever learn to live in peace?
Can we be compassionate with those that are leaving their homes behind?
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~I Was A Boat Person: Vietnamese Refugees Look Back~
~Published on Oct 1, 2015~
Decades ago, Vietnamese refugees made boat journeys just as dangerous as those facing Syrians today.
This is their story.
We ALL are ONE!!