• Short Summary

    The Ghanaian contingent of the United Nations force in the Congo Republic, are stationed at Ndjili Camp on the outskirts of Leopoldville.

  • Description

    The Ghanaian contingent of the United Nations force in the Congo Republic, are stationed at Ndjili Camp on the outskirts of Leopoldville. Jointly responsible with Swedish troops for policing the capital, an unusual feature of their camp routine is a special riot-squad drill with wooden staves and shields.

    To the Congolese, these Ghanaians are something of a mystery - far blacker than the local people, who previously thought of themselves as dark, cheerfully receiving orders from white and negro officers, they are disciplined and equipped in British tradition.

    The Ghanaians themselves have mixed feelings; they expected - as rather unsophisticated soldiers - to fight; their role as United Nations keepers of the peace baffled some, who firmly expected to leap from their transport planes shooting and being shot at. Their food is good, but they miss specialties of their own land, and since there is no fighting, resent separations from wives and children. Bars in the native quarter of the town are out of bounds, and there is little in the way of entertainment. But in the main they have settled admirably and effectively to their task - preserving order in Leopoldville, and winning the goodwill of local people.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2JH717TCSYYVULGI4I8P2B8Y6
    Media URN:
    VLVA2JH717TCSYYVULGI4I8P2B8Y6
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/08/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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