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ERIC Number: ED119827
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Pages: 45
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The Vietnamese Children's Airlift: Too Little and Too Late.
Zigler, Edward
This paper discusses moral, logistical, and other issues concerning phases of "Operation Babylift," the transportation of approximately 2,000 Vietnamese children to the United States for adoption by U.S. citizens at the end of the Vietnamese War. Inadequate health screening, improper selection methods, and crowded and unsafe aircraft are cited as major problems with the airlift of the children. It is noted that many observers have viewed the airlift as a political ploy and/or a tokenistic effort to divert attention from the greater problem of all displaced Vietnamese. The airlift is also criticized for portraying American disrespect for Vietnamese culture and for catering to Americans who had previously been unable to adopt children. A comprehensive plan for providing Vietnamese children with social services is presented. Specific recommendations include: (1) separation of humanitarian aid to the Vietnamese from all other aspects of U.S. Vietnamese policy, (2) an extensive mobilization of Federal bureaucracy to meet Vietnamese needs, (3) the designation of an individual and a federal agency other than AID to take charge of such a mobilization, and (4) provision of assistance to the 2,000 Vietnamese children brought here during Operation Babylift as well as to the many more children remaining in Vietnam. (ED)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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