From May 1962, 4500 repatriates from Algeria arrived in la Vienne, Many of them settled in the Chatellerauldais, the industrial city of the Department but a portion are directed to the Camp de la Rye in le Vigeant.
Until 1961, this former military base served to accommodate refugees from first Indochina and then Hungary.
From 1962, whole families fleeing from Algeria will be hosted within this camp.
Officially, it is only a 'transit and reclassification camp', the time that parents find a job.
A training centre in the building for the harkis will be also installed.
Some families however remained there longer as evidenced by the small cemetery built within the walls of the Center.
The Vienne Department decided to destroy completely the abandoned and dilapidated buildings, only six graves Cemetery will be preserved. alongside these photos of a time since past.