• Short Summary

    DESPITE THE EFFORTS OF THE FEDERAL NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT, THE PROBLEM OF HUNGER IN THE FORMER SECESSIONIST EASTERN REGION OF BIAFRA IS STILL ACUTE.

  • Description

    1.
    ABA Area Military checkpoint Street scenes



    Market and wrecked cars



    Stalls and children
    60 ft

    2.
    ABA Ditton


    3.
    Owerri Town scenes military - Market People


    4.
    Food stalls with little food -- but plenty cigs.


    5.
    Military food grain in sacks while the hungry wait


    6.
    Soldiers with Biafran money which of no use today.



    OKPORO Children's hospital former Caritas -- pathetic sight of dying children (3 died day before arrival)



    Head shaving with broken beer bottle


    7.
    ULI Airstrip Hidden Biafran plane



    Crashed aircraft on runway burnt out by Federal bombs



    Ditton various on this



    Various shots showing Federals in trough -- and long strip at ULI skid marks on runway etc.


    7.
    Owarri Red Cross Centre



    Unloading grain sacks from States


    8.
    People look on


    9.
    Trucks GV and almost riot as starving scavenge for morsel of grain



    Trucks away bulging with grain children chase




    Initials JH/V-N/DW/BB


    EDITORS: THE FILM HAS NATURAL SOUND THROUGHOUT

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: DESPITE THE EFFORTS OF THE FEDERAL NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT, THE PROBLEM OF HUNGER IN THE FORMER SECESSIONIST EASTERN REGION OF BIAFRA IS STILL ACUTE. JOURNALISTS, VISITING THE AREA THIS WEEK AT THE INVITATION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE END OF THE CIVIL WAR, REPORT THAT MANY MORE REFUGEES ARE APPARENTLY DESTINED TO DIE FROM STARVATION OR DISEASE. THE PROBLEM IS REPORTEDLY AGGRAVATED BY A LACK OF ADEQUATE TRANSPORT AND TRAINED PERSONNEL IN THE AREA.

    SCORES OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN OWERRI, THE LAST CAPITAL OF THE SECESSIONIST STATE WHICH FELL NINE DAYS AGO, STOOD WAITING OUTSIDE THE BARBED WIRE FENCE OF THE RED CROSS COMPOUND IN THE TOWN AS SACKS OF CORNMEAL WERE BEING UNLOADED FROM A TRUCK. WHEN A SACK BURST OPEN, SOLDIERS HAD TO BREAK UP THE CROWD OF PEOPLE SCRAMBLING TO PICK UP THE GRAINS.

    AS RELIEF OPERATIONS INCREASE IN SCOPE ON AN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL, FOOD SUPPLIES ARE REPORTEDLY BECOMING MORE AVAILABLE. THE LACK OF TRANSPORT, HOWEVER, MAKES DISTRIBUTION EXTREMELY DIFFICULT.

    THE PRESS PARTY WENT ON TO A PAEDIATRIC HOSPITAL IN OKPORO, A FEW MILES (KMS) FROM THE ULI AIRSTRIP, ONCE THE SECESSIONIST STATE'S ONLY LINE OF COMMUNICATION BY AIR. THERE ARE ABOUT 900 CHILDREN AT THE HOSPITAL, WITH 300 MORE EXPECTED FROM ANOTHER HOSPITAL ON THURSDAY (22 JAN). CHILDREN WITH DISTENDED BELLIES STAND ABOUT IN THE SUN, SOME WEARING ONLY IDENTITY TAGS BEARING A NUMBER. THESE HAVE BEEN SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR NAMES ARE NOT KNOWN. A DOCTOR THERE SAID CHILDREN WERE DYING AT THE RATE OF TWO A DAY. ONE CAUSE IS KWASHIORKOR, PROTEIN DEFICIENCY.

    SOME OF THE CHILDREN AT THE HOSPITAL WERE GIVEN A MEAL CONSISTING OF A SMALL PIECE OF BANANA AND SOME MILK. ONE OF THE THREE DOCTORS AT THE HOSPITAL TOLD A REPORTER ON WEDNESDAY (21 JAN.) THAT ALTHOUGH THERE WAS NOW ENOUGH FOOD, THERE WAS A NEED FOR DOCTORS AND NURSES. IN ADDITION TO THE DOCTORS, THE HOSPITAL STAFF IS COMPOSED OF ONE SISTER AND SIX NURSES. ONE CHILD WAS HAVING HIS HEAD SHAVED BY A WOMEN WITH A BROKEN BOTTLE.

    THE PARTY THEN WENT ON TO ULI AIRSTRIP. A WRECKED TRANSPORT WHICH OVERSHOT THE RUNWAY AND WAS GUTTED BY FEDERAL BOMBS LIES NEAR THE APPROACH ROAD, BUT, APART FROM TWO SMALL CRATERS, THE RUNWAY IS SAID TO APPEAR IN PERFECT CONDITION. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS NOT GIVEN PERMISSION FOR AIRCRAFT TO LAND AT ULI.

    THE RELIEF EFFORT HAS CONTINUED UNABATED WITH FOOD AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES BROUGHT IN BY SEA AND AIR. AIR SHIPMENTS HEADING FOR LAGOS INCLUDE 20 TONS FROM UGANDA--THE FIRST SUCH SHIPMENT FROM ANY AFRICAN STATE. VEHICLES AND PERSONNEL INCLUDING SOVIET DOCTORS ARE ARRIVING AS WELL.

    LATE WEDNESDAY, IT WAS REPORTED THAT ALMOST ALL THE FOREIGN PRESS MEN ON THE VISIT TO THE FORMER SECESSIONIST REGION WERE CONFINED TO A HOTEL IN PORT HARCOURT. FEDERAL AUTHORITIES ARE KNOWN TO HAVE BEEN CONCERNED BY THE NATURE OF THE PRESS REPORTS SENT FROM THE OWERRI AREA ON WEDNESDAY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3JMQ7PUXFL13M7DILOW1P9KB3
    Media URN:
    VLVA3JMQ7PUXFL13M7DILOW1P9KB3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/01/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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