Sunday, June 25, 2017

‘Wading ashore through waist-high water’: Ex-diplomats on gruelling work of rescuing Vietnamese boat people

Margaret Tebbutt

It took six hours by bus, three by boat and a last stretch on foot wading through waist-high water to reach the Malaysian refugee camp where Canadian immigration officials interviewed some of the 70,000 Vietnamese refugees who were brought to Canada in 1979. Two former visa officers reflect on the physically and emotionally gruelling diplomatic adventure.

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