The aircraft of civilian refugees out of the Angolan capital of Luanda has slowed to a trickle, as the charter companies begin to transport Portuguese military personnel and their belongings back to Lisbon.
GV Portuguese refugees waiting for airlift (2 shots)
SV & CU Refugees waiting (4 shots)
GV & SV Refugees piling up luggage (3 shots)
LV ZOOM OUT Refugees sitting on baggage
CU & GV Piles of luggage (2 shots)
GV Aircraft waiting on tarmac
LV People getting out of coach and waling to aircraft
SV People waiting
Aircraft taking off
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Background: The aircraft of civilian refugees out of the Angolan capital of Luanda has slowed to a trickle, as the charter companies begin to transport Portuguese military personnel and their belongings back to Lisbon.
Luanda Airport is almost devoid of the thousands of refugees who had been camping there, waiting for transport out of the war-torn country.
It's estimated that over 200,000 settlers have been taken back to Portugal during the past ten months, and apart from the military personnel, it's mostly businessmen who are leaving the capital after remaining to tidy up their dealings.
Although the mass panic for transportation seems to have gone, the battle for control of Angola still rages. Heavy fighting is centred in rich farmland some 185 miles (300 kilometres) north-east of Luanda.
Forces from the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and a combined force from the two other liberation groups the Rival National Front for the Total Independence of Angola (FNLA) are locked in heavy combat.
However, specific details are not yet known and there has been no indication of the extent of casualties.
The MPLA have sworn to take total control of Angola before Independence Day, scheduled for 11 November, but no-one knows who the Portuguese Government will actually hand over to.
In the latest move to find a solution to the problem, a delegation representing the Organisation of American Unity (DAU) will visit Angola arriving on Saturday (11 October).
The 60-man delegation .. formed in Kampala, Uganda .. has been instructed not to interfere in military affairs, but to try and unite the warring liberation groups.
The fact-finding commission is likely to remain in the country for 10 days.