In late 1971/early 1972 (before the Easter Offensive), the GVN at long last decided to deal with at least some of the war victims who had been driven from their homes near the DMZ, many more than once. As return to their villages was clearly not going to happen, some were offered (ordered? I never learned how they were selected) a new home far away, in Phuoc Thuy Province, down in III Corps. They were flown to Saigon, trucked to Ba Ria, the provincial capital, and then to their new home christened “Suoi Nghe.” I was sent from CORDS Saigon to Ba Ria on TDY to advise on the project, as the provincial MACV team had no refugee officer.
I will be posting four photos, one a week about this unusual effort. This first one shows a group of the refugees (plus one National Policeman), awaiting final transport. Photographer unknown. These are the innocent victims of war.