J25. UN Relief During the Vietnam War

The United Nations High Comissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is the refugee agency of the United Nations. Formed in 1950, it is tasked with protecting refugees and those forcibly displaced by war around the world.

The Vietnam war lasted until 1975. The year of this album, 1972, was also a presidential election year in the United States with Vietnam as a major political topic.

This photo album documents the hand-over of tractors and other agricultural resources by UNHCR personnel to refugees of the Vietnam war. The album was made by the Vietnamese aid recipients as a gift to the United Nations representative. The photos depict both various ceremonies and the equipment in use.

Many Vietnam war era photo albums are military ones; this one revolves around assistance and help to those so greatly affected by the conflict.

PHOTOGRAPHIES PRISES DE L’OCCASION DE LA CÉRÉMONIE DE LA REMISE DE TRACTEURS AGRICOLES, DE PARCELETS ET DE PLANTS DE MANIOC AUX REFUGIÉS DE GUERRE AUX CENTRES D’ACCUEIL DE LONG-HAI ET PHUOC-DIEN. Tay-Ninh- 18.7.72. – Respectement offert á Mr G. Sicotte Chef de la Mission U.N.H.C.R. [Photographs taken on the occasion of the Ceremony of the handing over of agricultural tractors, parcels and cassava plants to war refugees at the reception centers of Long-Hai and Phuoc-Dien. Tay-Ninh- 18.7.72. – Respectly offered to Mr. G. Sicotte Head of Mission U.N.H.C.R.]. Vietnam: 1972. 300 by 240mm (11¾ by 9½ inches). Original photo album. Ring binder with faux wood cover; title on first two interior pages; [20] pp. With 52 original photographs; 3 by 5½ inches, two photographs 7 by 9½ inches. Very small amount of text, in French; a few labels in Vietnamese. Album corners bumped and ring binding bent. Interior photos very good plus.


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