• Short Summary

    AS THE MASSIVE RELIEF OPERATION MOVES INTO HIGH GEAR IN NIGERIA, THERE ARE MORE REPORTS OF THE PLIGHT OF REFUGEES -- ESPECIALLY CHILDREN -- IN THE FORMER BREAKAWAY TERRITORY OF BIAFRA.

  • Description

    AS THE MASSIVE RELIEF OPERATION MOVES INTO HIGH GEAR IN NIGERIA, THERE ARE MORE REPORTS OF THE PLIGHT OF REFUGEES -- ESPECIALLY CHILDREN -- IN THE FORMER BREAKAWAY TERRITORY OF BIAFRA.

    HEART-RENDING SCENES OF HUNGER WERE FILMED ON THURSDAY (22 JANUARY) AS STARVING REFUGEES SCRAMBLED FOR FOOD IN A FOOTBALL FIELD AT. OWERRI, THE LAST TOWN TO FALL IN WHAT WAS ONCE BIAFRA. MOST OF THE A TS AND CHILDREN IN THIS AREA SUFFER FROM KWASHIORKOR, A DISEASE THAT DEFORMS THE BODY. IT CAN BE CORRECTED IF TREATED IN TIME.

    RED CROSS WORKERS IN LAGOS HAVE CONFIRMED SOME OF THE REPORTS OF STARVATION AND COMPLAINED OF THE SLOW MOVEMENT OF FOOD INTO WAR-TORN AREAS. A SPOKESMAN SAID THAT HALF THE BATTLE WOULD BE WON IF THEY COULD FLY THE VEHICLES IN DIRECT AND BEGIN MOVING FOOD INTO THE AREA FROM WAREHOUSES IN ENUGU AND PORT HARCOURT.

    SOME RELIEF WORKERS HAVE CHARGED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO SENSE OF URGENCY ABOUT RESCUE OPERATIONS.

    WITH HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES STILL WAITING FOR FOOD RELIEF WORKERS WERE INCENSED AT REPORTS ON THURSDAY (22 JANUARY) OF A LAVISH BANQUET WITH ROAST SUCKLING PIG AND CHAMPAGNE FOR MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE AT THE WEDDING RECEPTION OF THE LOCAL MILITARY GOVERNOR.

    MEANWHILE THE FIRST OF THREE MOBILE HOSPITALS TO BE FLOWN TO NIGERIA FROM THE U.S. ARRIVED ON FRIDAY (24 JANUARY). THE AIR-CRAFT ALSO CARRIED 26 JEEPS AND A SUPPLY OF DRUGS. THE MOBILE HOSPITALS, EACH EQUIPPED TO TAKE ABOUT 200 PATIENTS, WILL BE SENT TO THE WORST AFFECTED AREAS OF THE COUNTRY.

    THE OTHER TWO HOSPITALS ARE SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE ON SUNDAY (25 JANUARY).

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1G5JWDU4YXYO7SIQ7HXXOBA3H
    Media URN:
    VLVA1G5JWDU4YXYO7SIQ7HXXOBA3H
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/01/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment