• Short Summary

    Francisco Xavier Do Amaral, President of the Leftwing Revolutionary Front for the Independence of East Timer (FRETILIN), has called for world humanitarian aid, particularly food, for thousands of people left homeless and destitute by the recent fighting in Timor.

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    Francisco Xavier Do Amaral, President of the Leftwing Revolutionary Front for the Independence of East Timer (FRETILIN), has called for world humanitarian aid, particularly food, for thousands of people left homeless and destitute by the recent fighting in Timor. The Fretelin group claims to have taken control of the Portuguese colony after a month of bitter fighting against the more conservative Timorese Democratic Union (UDT).

    On Friday (12 September) Mr. Do Amaral showed visiting newsmen around the colony.They said afterwards that it appeared that reports about the destruction of Dill carried by fleeing refugees had been exaggerated.

    However, there are refugees in Dili and their first need is food. Across the border in Indonesian Timor it's the same story as refugees flock to the refugee camp at Atambua.

    The refugees are a cross section of humanity ranging from Timorese natives to several high ranking Portuguese administrators and their families. But in the camp they're all the same and their basic needs are too. Although some of the Portuguese have plenty of Timor esquidos with them, they are no good to them as they are invalid in Indonesia. They too have to rely on the local authorities and relief organisations to feed them.

    At the airport there were lengthy discussions between Indonesian officials and the pilot of a Portuguese plane that was being held up until clearance could be given from Djakarta. Finally the pilot was allowed to take the plane to Atauro Island.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1TOSPUEHMQLIF8KIP5VBMELHT
    Media URN:
    VLVA1TOSPUEHMQLIF8KIP5VBMELHT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/09/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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