Hongkong Refugee Camp 1975 - 2000

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Hongkong Boat people

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Voices of Refugees

Eleanor Stewart

  • Hong Kong was a prison. I visited in 1990 or 91.
  • They lived on concrete under guard stations with lights on 24 hours a day.
  • They couldn't move around freely inside or cook their own food.
  • When I visited, there were children born there who had never walked on anything but concrete.
  • Some adult visitors were allowed to take a few children to see a large Buddha--outside the camp.
  • We were as many as the children for fear they would escape.
  • They were only interested in two things--the telephones at the station and a stray dog. They had never seen either before.
  • We watched them with tears in our eyes. I took photos of the barbed wire rolls the Chinese were installing, but I did it secretly.
  • I was watched. I couldn't allow any Vietnamese person to accompany me as they wished to do while I took these photos, as they would have been jailed after I left.
  • There was a terrible deadly riot there on Tet.
  • It was hell on earth for innocent refugees who sought freedom and landed in the wrong place.
  • By Eleanor Stewart who is the author of Not only a refugee
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