Vietnamese Refugees/ The Boat People By: Roshni Doshi
Initial reason of departure <ul><li>They began their escape after the fall of Saigon </li></ul><ul><li>The Fall of Saigon – the end of the Vietnam War, which resulted in a communist government </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>This caused as many as 135,000 refugees to flee to the United States by sea. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Because of the evacuation the Vietnamese civilians tried to escape by boarding the American helicopters </li></ul><ul><li>In the event of escaping communist forces punched and forced many from boarding </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>Initial reason cont …
Journey <ul><li>They were all put into one leaky boat </li></ul><ul><li>Piracy was a problem at sea because no one really cared about the boat people </li></ul><ul><li>They consisted of ex-military and government officials </li></ul><ul><li>They resettled in neighboring countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines </li></ul><ul><li>They were farmers, factory workers and laborers </li></ul>
The Horrifying Journey <ul><li>Everyone was in desperate need of water </li></ul><ul><li>People were constantly starving </li></ul><ul><li>Starving so much that some drank sea water, but got even more sick </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes the boats would flood and become way too heavy </li></ul><ul><li>Some times pirates would pretend to save them, but instead rob their belongings, beat the civilians and rape the young girls </li></ul>
<ul><li>Most of the refugees settled in the United States, but some ended up living in places like Thailand and Malaysia </li></ul>End Location
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