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Vietnamese cemetery in Bataan (Philippines) - Cemetery of Vietnamese refugees at Bataan Processing Centre in Philippines

From the Collection of Archive of Vietnamese Boat People Flemington Victoria

Description
There are about 300 graves found in this cemetery. Bataan was a Processing Centre established in 1980 and closed down in 1994, now called Bataan Technology Park, in Subic Bay area (Philippines), 2 hours drive from Manilla.
Object Registration
P0002
Keywords
bataan cemetery, vietnamese boat people, processing centre in bataan
Historical information
This cemetery is situated in the former Bataan Processing Centre (Manilla, Philippines). Record showed there were about 300 refugees were buried in this cemetery. The Centre was closed down in 1996. Cemetery was left deserted. This Processing Centre was the place where it was been used as a temporary stop-over from 1978 - 1996 for those who had been accepted to be resettled in USA. They stayed here for 6 months to be trained for English and Living in USA.
Significance
This photograph is significant because it represents the high death rate at a Processing Centre The cemetery is linked with many other refugee cemeteries in the South East Asia. It is the evidence of the cost for Freedom, cost to escape from Communism in the world, during the 21-year event of Vietnamese boat people, where there were more than 500,000 Vietnamese lost their lives. The place should be well maintained as one of the heritage sites of this event.
Last updated
3 Mar 2017 at 10:12AM