In Nicaragua President Somoza's warplanes have been attacking the town of Masaya, a stronghold of the Sandinista guerrillas sixteen miles from Managua.
LA SEMINARIA DISTRICT, NEAR MANAGUA, NICARAGUA
GV National Guardsmen looking out towards road barrier on the outskirts of Leon.
SV & CU National Guardsmen stopping and checking motor cars. (3 SHOTS)
CU Bianca Jagger speaking with National Guardsmen.(2 SHOTS)
SV & CU National Guardsmen manning machine gun on jeep and mortar. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Jeep on patrol drives off past Jagger and Guardsmen.
Background: In Nicaragua President Somoza's warplanes have been attacking the town of Masaya, a stronghold of the Sandinista guerrillas sixteen miles from Managua. They have been dropping incendiary bombs in preparation for a full scale army assault.
SYNOPSIS: As the fighting continues reports from many parts of nicaragua suggests the decisive battle of the civil war could soon come. This has been of particular concern to Nicaraguans whose families have been split by the war. And a few of those who once lived in Nicaragua in less-troubled times, have returned risking their own safety in an attempt to make contact with their relatives.
Among them has been Bianca Jagger, the estranged wife of rock star Mick Jagger. But she said her family had not been harmed. Bianca Jagger plans to raise funds for the many refugees she saw. She says most have been living in almost indescribable conditions. Mrs Jagger said there are a hundred thousand refugees in Managua alone, urgently in need of food and medicine, and unless more supplies arrived thousands would starve. She said she tried to be neutral. But she felt the world should know about the suffering of the Nicaraguan people.
As the Sandinista guerrillas and President Somoza's National Guardsmen manoeuvre for the upper hand in the war it is the people who have suffered. Many refugees are often unwittingly caught up in the crossfire or trapped in small groups where relief supplies, now very few and far between, have little hope of reaching them.