• Short Summary

    ON THE INDONESIAN ISLAND OF LOMBOK, EAST OF THE FABLED TOURIST RESORT OF BALI, 20,000 PEOPLE ARE DYING OF STARVATION.

  • Description

    ON THE INDONESIAN ISLAND OF LOMBOK, EAST OF THE FABLED TOURIST RESORT OF BALI, 20,000 PEOPLE ARE DYING OF STARVATION. UNLESS EMERGENCY FOOD SUPPLIES CAN BE FOUND, OFFICIALS ESTIMATE THAT BY DECEMBER THE FIGURE WILL SOAR TO 100,000 AND THE DEATH TOLL WILL BE AS HIGH AS 80 PER CENT.

    THE DISASTER FACES THE SOUTH OF THE ISLAND ONLY. A FEW MILES NORTH OF THE STARVING VILLAGES ARE SEAS OF GREEN PADDY FIELDS IN WHICH A SECOND RICE CROPS IS NOW BEING PLANTED. THE NORTH IS FED BY RIVERS PROVIDING A NETWORK OF IRRIGATION, BUT THE SOUTH HAS NO IRRIGATION AND DEPENDS ENTIRELY ON RAINFALL. IN PARTS LESS THAN 10 MILES SEPARATE A STARVING VILLAGE AND A NORTHERN GREEN BELT, YET THE SOUTHERNERS MAKE NO ATTEMPT TO MOVE NORTH.

    NORTHERN VILLAGERS ARE OFTEN SEEN BRINGING FOOD TO BARTER IN THE SOUTH, BUT THE LOCAL ADMINISTRATION SAYS THE NORTH CANNOT SPARE LARGE QUANTITIES OF FOOD FOR THE SOUTH OR IT TOO WILL RUN OUT.

    THE DROUGHT NOW RAVAGING THE SOUTH OCCURS EVERY EIGHT YEARS, BUT OFFICIALS ADMITTED THAT THEY HAD NO PLANS TO TRY AND SOLVE THE PROBLEM. THEY SAID THEY COULD DO NOTHING WITHOUT FUNDS.

    FOOD SUPPLIES IN THE SOUTH FIRST RAN OUT IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR. BETWEEN THEN AND THE HARVESTING OF THE RICE CROP IN APRIL THIS YEAR 35,000 VILLAGERS LIVED AT STARVATION LEVEL AND AT LEAST 8,000 DIED.

    THE DIRECTOR OF THE PROVINCIAL HEALTH SERVICE, DR. MOHAMMED YUSUF, IS FIGHTING AN ALMOST ONE-MAN CAMPAIGN AGAINST STARVATION AND ILLNESS IN THE SOUTH. HE SAID THAT MANY MORE WOULD DIE UNLESS THEY RECEIVED FOOD SOON. RICE SUPPLIES RAN OUT MORE THAN A WEEK AGO AND VILLAGERS ARE LIVING ON NUTS AND SWEET POTATOES. TWO-HUNDRED TONS OF RICE ARE NEEDED IMMEDIATELY, AND ANOTHER 15,000 TONS WILL BE NEEDED OVER THE NEXT EIGHT MONTHS.

    FIRST TO DIE WILL BE CHILDREN WHO NOW RUN AROUND WITH BLASTED STOMACHS - THE RESULT OF MALNUTRITION - AND LITTLE CHANCE OF SURVIVING UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR.

    ANOTHER THREAT IS SMALLPOX WHICH HAS KILLED HUNDREDS OF ISLANDERS. DR YUSUF SAID HE RECEIVED A GIFT OF 50,000 DOSES OF VACCINE FROM THE DJAKARTA GOVERNMENT EARLY THIS YEAR, BUT HAS BEEN TOLD THAT HE CANNOT HAVE MORE UNTIL HE CAN FIND THE MONEY TO PAY FOR IT. THE ISLAND OF LOMBOK COVERS 1,600 SQUARE MILES AND HAS A POPULATION OF ONE-AND-A-HALF MILLION PEOPLE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2J8B9L82GRW98M1I822SLOZY7
    Media URN:
    VLVA2J8B9L82GRW98M1I822SLOZY7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/09/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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