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Refugees arrive, 1985

Refugees arrive, 1985

Young Laotian refugee Souriyanh Thongprachanh presses his nose to the glass at Auckland’s airport. Held by his mother Khamphy, he tries to catch a glimpse of a country and of relatives he has never seen. Mother and son were among 64 refugees from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam who arrived in 1985.

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Man Hau Liev and Rosa Chhun, 'Laotians - Immigration: escaping the Killing Fields', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 May 2022)

Story by Man Hau Liev and Rosa Chhun, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015