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Unidentified photographer 
Strategic Hamlet in the vicinity of Vung Tu, Vietnam 
35mm negatives (x2), panorama 
Private collection of Wolfgang Wiggers 
The Strategic Hamlet Program (1961) was a plan to isolate rural peasants in Southern Vietnam from contact with the Vietcong. The peasants were forced to live in "protected hamlets" where they were physically isolated from the communist insurgents. Their old villages were often burned and those who refused to live in the gated hamlets were summarily executed. Of course the forced relocation was deeply unpopular. 

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