|Stamp Name||Charity 4 North Vietnam Overseas Chinese Relief Surtax Stamps (1954)|
|Stamp Cat Standard||Surtax Stamps|
|Dimension of stamps(mm.)||23x32|
|Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.)|
|Printer||China Engraving & Printing Works, R.O.C.|
|Designer||Y. S. Lin|
|Paper||60-lb woodfree printing<br> paper<br>|
The signing of the Indo-China ceasefire agreement in Geneva on July 21, 1954 resulted in a divided Vietnam. Thousands of overseas Chinese in North Vietnam, unwilling to stay behind the Iron Curtain, evacuated their homes and went to South Vietnam.
In response to the wide-spread campaign for their relief, the Directorate General of Posts issued a set of stamps on which a surtax was collected as relief funds.
The stamp design is a picture of young and old refugees fleeing over a pontoon bridge constructed by their mother country, from a war-stricken area to an area of freedom.