In East Berlin, 20 wounded guerrillas from the South-West African People's Organisation (SWAPO). have been?
CU Injured foot of patient PAN UP TO patient in hospital bed being attended
CU & MV Injured in bed (2 shots)
CU Stump of arm with missing hand TILT UP TO patient
MV Patients, one without leg, others on crutches, receiving treatment (3 shots)
CU Two patients being interviewed and speaking in English
CU & MV women patients being shown how to sew in occupational therapy (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SWAPO MEMBER: "When especially Namibians under SWAPO, When we are in the G.D.R, we feel very much at home, and coming to the situation in the hospital itself we are very much well treated."
REPORTER: "Which were the circumstances, the situation in which you are wounded, you and your comrade?"
SWAPO MEMBER: "Yes, the situation where we were with our comrades, (indistinct) in DDR were very, very critical situation. We were attacked by the racist South African regime, at, at Kassinga, this base was the base of the civilian people, who fled from the Namibian people because of the brutally aggression of the racist regime, who killed and massacre our people there in Namibia."
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Background: In East Berlin, 20 wounded guerrillas from the South-West African People's Organisation (SWAPO). have been receiving medical treatment after being injured in the guerrilla war for independence in Namibia (South-West Africa). The group half of a party of 40 recently airlifted from angola, where most SWAPO forces are based , and bring the number of SWAPO guerrillas given hospital treatment in East Germany in the last 18 months to 150.
SYNOPSIS: The East German news agency announced that the SWAPO guerrillas received their injuries when South African troops invaded Angola at the beginning of May and Attacked the mining town of Kassinga. This was the headquarters of SWAPO, lying about 160 miles (about 260 kms) from the border with Namibia. The raid came at a critical point in the efforts of the United States and Britain to find a peaceful settlement in Namibia.
The leaders of SWAPO have now accepted the plan for the transition to independence and negotiations are taking place on Namibia on the organisation of elections and the end of 60 years of South African rule of the territory. Two of the injured Guerrillas described how they were wounded in Angola.
East Germany has been one of the main suppliers of aid to SWAPO which is both a political and a guerrilla movement and is recognised by the United Nations.