A multicolored sheet—the older women held over the heads of the small children to shade them from the stinging rays of the sun
“This is only the beginning—more and more will escape no matter what it costs. Only the very rich can now survive in Vietnam.”
“There were no smiling faces aboard the fishing vessel with no name”
“The deck and hold of the boat is so crowded—only a few can lie down. Most have to sleep sitting upright.”
“Remember us, Mr.President Jimmy Carter—we know who you are—do you know who we are?”
“As we pulled away, the 30-ft. boat got smaller and smaller and smaller—log in the middle of the South China Sea”
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