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    INTRODUCTION A former Rhodesian nationalist guerrilla has described conditions in Mozambique camps as appalling. The?

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    SCU Guerrilla talking to reporter (3 shots)

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Frelimo (Frente Liberacao Mocambique) is the ruling party of the Mozambique government, formerly freedom fighters before the former Portuguese colony gained independence. Maputo is the capital.

    TRANSCRIPT SEQ 1: GUERRILLA: "This was at Durua (phonetic) and our good friends, most of the people are starving. There was no food therefore we had to eat once a day. Mealies without relief."

    REPORTER: "This is a mealie, this is sort of mealie porridge, is it?"

    GUERRILLA: "Yes. And there were no blankets we had to just to sleep in. And there was no treatment, no medical treatment."

    REPORTER: "How many people were at Durua?"

    GUERRILLA: "More than a thousand people. And they promised us that they would come and collect us from there on the 25th of November for training."

    REPORTER: "How long have those people been in Durua?"

    GUERRILLA: "I don't know."

    REPORTER: "You must have had some idea."

    GUERRILLA: "It is just a layby."

    REPORTER: "What did the Frelimo call it, did they say it was..."

    GUERRILLA: "They said it was a refugee camp but I was surprised because it was all the people there with who had the intention of going to training as terrorists."

    REPORTER: "They were all there to go for terrorist training were you."

    GUERRILLA: "Yes."

    REPORTER: "And what happened to people from Durua, where did they go after that?"

    GUERRILLA: "I left them there."

    REPORTER: "Did you tell , did they tell you where you were going if you stayed with them?"

    GUERRILLA: "They said from here you shall be collected to further camps. I didn't know where they were but they said some of you shall go to Tanzania some of you shall go to Maputo in Mozambique."

    REPORTER: "For training, did they say, did you go for training?"

    GUERRILLA: "Yes, that's what they're saying."

    REPORTER: "How old were most of the people in the camp? The thousand."

    GUERRILLA: "I should say some were 20 years and some were 16, my own age. And some I saw young people and I was six years old."

    REPORTER: "Why did you decide to go for terrorist training and did you have any political motivation?"

    GUERRILLA: "I wasn't a politician, I didn't believe any politician motivations."

    REPORTER: "So it was merely that your friend asked you to go with him?"

    GUERRILLA: "Yes. It was just after feeding ourselves in. If in fact I was confusing things."

    REPORTER: "What about the majority of the people in the camp there. Were they strongly motivated politically or were they just over there for fun or what reasons did they say they had for going ?"

    GUERRILLA: "They said they were going there for military training for fighting for the country."

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    Background: INTRODUCTION A former Rhodesian nationalist guerrilla has described conditions in Mozambique camps as appalling. The 16-year-old youth told a news conference in Salisbury that the camps were run by Frelimo, the ruling party in Mozambique, for training guerrillas. The youth, who had returned to his old job in a factory, was put on display by Rhodesian authorities on the 1st of January.

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