• Short Summary

    HUNDREDS OF REFUGEE CHILDREN FORM THE FORMERLY SECESSIONIST EASTERN NIGERIAN REGION OF BIAFRA ARE NOW BEING HOUSED IN A REFUGEES CAMP IN THE GABONESE CAPITAL OF LIBREVILLE.

  • Description

    HUNDREDS OF REFUGEE CHILDREN FORM THE FORMERLY SECESSIONIST EASTERN NIGERIAN REGION OF BIAFRA ARE NOW BEING HOUSED IN A REFUGEES CAMP IN THE GABONESE CAPITAL OF LIBREVILLE. THE REFUGEES HAVE BEEN MAKING THEIR WAY TO GABON THROUGHOUT THE NIGERIAN CIVIL WAR AND SOME FLED BY AIRCRAFT FROM BIAFRA'S ULI AIRSTRIP IN THE FINAL STATES OF THE FEDERAL ADVANCE. A NUMBER OF REFUGEES REACHED GABON BY AIR VIA THE ISLAND OF SAO TOME.

    AT THE CAMP IN LIBREVILLE, THE REFUGEES HAVE BEEN HOUSED IN BUILDINGS PROVIDED BY THE UNITED NATIONS, THE GABONESE RED CROSS AND BY THE CHURCH AID ORGANISATIONS, AMONG THEM THE ROMAN CATHOLIC RELIEF ORGANISATION, CARITAS INTERNATIONALIST.

    AT ONE CAMP, AN ESTIMATED 200 TO 300 CHILDREN AGED FROM 2 TO 8 YEARS ARE BEING CARED FOR. AT THIS CAMP, ESTABLISHED WITH THE HELP OF THE U.N. AND THE GABONESE RED CROSS, CHILDREN ARE INSTALLED IN DORMITORIES AND THERE IS A SCHOOL WHICH HAS BEEN CONSTRUCTED AS PART OF THE CENTRE.

    ANOTHER CAMP IN LIBREVILLE IS MUCH LARGER. THERE, SOME 1,800 CHILDREN ARE BEING CARED FOR UNDER THE AUSPICES OF CARITAS. IN THE CAMP THE CHILDREN ARE HOUSED IN TENTS AND HUTS. AMONG THEIR ACTIVITIES IS GROUP SINGING, WITH THE BIAFRAN HYMN BEING PART OF THEIR REPERTOIRE.

    NEARBY IS A FRENCH MILITARY HOSPITAL. THE HOSPITAL, PROVIDED BY THE FRENCH RED CROSS AND STAFFED BY FRENCH MILITARY PERSONNEL, CARES FOR AN ESTIMATED 250 REFUGEE CHILDREN.

    THERE ARE BELIEVED TO BE ABOUT 3,000 REFUGEES CURRENTLY IN GABON, WHICH RECOGNISED DURING THE WAR.

    PRESIDENT ALBERT-BERNARD BONGO, THE GABONESE PRESIDENT, HAS SAID THAT THE KNOWS WHERE TO FIND THE BIAFRAN LEADER, GENERAL OJUKWU. ON WEDNESDAY (14 JANUARY), HE TOLD REPORTERS THAT THEY WOULD LEARN SOMETHING "TOMORROW".

    IT WAS ANNOUNCED ON THURSDAY (15 JANUARY), THAT GENERAL OJUKWU WOULD MAKE A STATEMENT WHICH WOULD APPEAR I A NUMBER OF EUROPEAN CAPITALS LATER IN THE DAY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1KYEZNLPV1VZUMHKHIADHZVEH
    Media URN:
    VLVA1KYEZNLPV1VZUMHKHIADHZVEH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/01/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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