Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
32 LHHBRIDGE HERAID WcrJnelday, March 21, 1773---- HANOI STREET SCENE: A bomb-scarred city sloivly returns to normal but there are few cats and dogs HANOI (CP) They're be- ginning to fill in some of the bomb slrellers and slit trenches among the coconut By Harold Morrison, CP Foreign Editor palms and banana trees in this bomb-scarred city. "The war is a North Vietnamese official said. "Tho Americans are never coming back." Everywhere there are chil- dren and signs of abject pov- erty. And oddly, lor a city ol about or.o million children and adults there arc few such pels as clogs or cats about. Cyclists fill the roads with Itonking trucks laying to clear a path behind them. Along OIIQ side of the road an an- cient streetcar drags its way through the human traffic, its interior crammed with docile, simple faces. The North Vietnamese, it seems, are content with the barest essentials, the primi- tive mode of living usually as- sociated with an isolated stats cut off from the- rest of the world because of a war that has drawn most of its mature mates from the city streets. Yet the children appear happy, as most children are everywhere. They seem well fed, their clothes shabby but clean, their feel covered in a common type of rubber san- dals. Shy at first, the youngsters, on a day tree of school, fill the tranquil parks, baiting their lines for fish in the smooth ponds. They stare at strangers openly, especially at white persons. They show no signs of hatred. Tha sudden appearance Sunday of a largo group of Canadian newspaper men, photographers, cameramen anrl broadcasters filled them awe. They stared and stared and when finally the Canadians began teasing them, the children suddenly responded. Their numbers swelled. They soon learned how to re- peat the name "Canada" when tho Canadians pressed them. They followed the Ca- nadians everywhere, begging lor a maplo leal lapel button and rushing after the press buses, painted in bamboo green and brown as part of a wartime camoullage. On Hanoi's outskirts, the new rice shoots are showing. Corn is about t'nree feet inph. The coconuts are turning brown, though the bananas are still green and young. LANDSCAPE SCARRED The scars are in the fie'ds and the twisted, ruined build- ings along the roads. Hanoi built many bomb shelters; some elaborately made of brick; some shaped like a sewer pipe showed vertically into the ground and covered with a cement lid. "Tho American B-52s came along here and an offi- cial explained as the Cana- dians toured the city, the first major tour of Hanoi by a Ca- nadian group. Scorched railway cars stand like skeletons on their twisted tracks. Railway stations ap- pear to have been pulled down and their rubble spread smoothly over the field. Many of the airport build- ings are shattered. The Long Bien bridge leading from tho outskirts to the centre of Hanoi is and battle- scarred. The bicycle riders clog tho narrow passages and the trucks behind honk and honk. Unlike Saigon with its noisy motorbikes, Hanoi's pedal- pushers are mostly silent. The city is a lush green, still con- veying some of the atmos- phere of an old French colo- nial town. And amid the bicycle rid- ers, the oxen still pull the odd cart or stand lazily by the side of the road. EXCITED BY VISITORS A stranger in the city i seems to bring exciting change. Young soldiers stroll- Ing the parks sesm as curious as the children. There are few signs of bright lights or brightly-lit cafes. "We have been at war a long the official says without waiting for your ques- tion. "We have much to do." Elderly women sell bits of meat arid vegetables in what appear to be scattered infor- mal markets on street curbs. Some men have liny shops, selling bicycle parts or clothes. "A radio the official points proudly. The centre of Hand ap- intact; no bomber seems to II vq threatened the roads or buildings, except t'ne residence of the French con- sul who was wounded fatally in a bomb attack last year. A Vietnamese army mu- seum contains the remains of U.S. military aircraft, neatly gathered in piles of rusling metal just inside the museum grounds. The war seems to have sucked the streets dry of ma- ture males. Young soldiers are there bul those who may be older and more ex- perienced apparently are slill in barracks or hi outlying areas. Or buried in cemeteries which visitors do not see. COFFEE MARMALADE Edwards Regular, Fine or Elec. Pere. Grind Vac Pak.......2-lb. tin SAFEWAY COFFEE. All Purpoi. Grind. Mb. pkg............................ 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