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  • 1. Vietnamese Refugees/ The Boat People By: Roshni Doshi
  • 2. Initial reason of departure
    • They began their escape after the fall of Saigon
    • The Fall of Saigon – the end of the Vietnam War, which resulted in a communist government
    • The Pentagon was told to resettle the people of south Vietnam because the new communist government was planning to execute them for supporting the U.S. embassy and South Vietnamese government
    • This caused as many as 135,000 refugees to flee to the United States by sea.
  • 3.
    • Because of the evacuation the Vietnamese civilians tried to escape by boarding the American helicopters
    • In the event of escaping communist forces punched and forced many from boarding
    • Then in 1975 many soldiers and their relatives escaped through sea in tiny boats through the Mekong River – one of the many groups of boat people
    Initial reason cont …
  • 4. Journey
    • They were all put into one leaky boat
    • Piracy was a problem at sea because no one really cared about the boat people
    • They consisted of ex-military and government officials
    • They resettled in neighboring countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines
    • They were farmers, factory workers and laborers
  • 5. The Horrifying Journey
    • Everyone was in desperate need of water
    • People were constantly starving
    • Starving so much that some drank sea water, but got even more sick
    • Sometimes the boats would flood and become way too heavy
    • Some times pirates would pretend to save them, but instead rob their belongings, beat the civilians and rape the young girls
  • 6.
    • Most of the refugees settled in the United States, but some ended up living in places like Thailand and Malaysia
    End Location
  • 7. Bibliography 1. Boat People. 29 Oct. 2008 <>. 2. “The Vietnamese boat people.” Reference &Research book News . McFarland&co.Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, IL. 29 Oct 2008 <>. 3. Vietnamese Refugees Searac. 28 Oct 2008 <> 4. The suffering of the Vietnamese Boat people. Vietka. 28 Oct 2008 < sesuffering.htm>. 5. Puri, Belle. Why they fled: The fall of Saigon. 19 July 2004. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 28 Oct 2008 <>.