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    Refugees from Portugal's former colony of Angola in West Africa are returning to their native country in ever-increasing numbers.

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    LV & SV PAN Refugees abroad ship in Lisbon harbour (2 shots)

    LV Harbour building with relatives waiting (2 shots)

    SV & LV Refugees down gangplank (4 shots)

    LV PAN Refugees and their belongings at camp(3 shots)

    LV & SV Tents in camp with refugees walking around(3 shots)

    Initials BB/1925 JW/MR/BB/1936

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    Background: Refugees from Portugal's former colony of Angola in West Africa are returning to their native country in ever-increasing numbers.

    The white settlers from Portugal -- there are still some 250,000 in Angola -- are fleeing from the territory in the face of increasing violence as inter-faction fighting continues between rival nationalist groups in Angola.

    On Saturday (14 June) the passenger steamer Principe Perfeito docked in Lisbon with 700 settlers who had returned home. Many of them were driven straight to a transit camp on the outskirts of the city where they will live in tents until proper accommodation can be found for them.

    Local reports say 500 Portuguese are leaving Angola each day and 200,000 have said they want to leave soon.

    Over the last four months over 1,000 people are reported to have been killed in Angola and many thousands injured. The country has been brought to a virtual standstill as the nationalists groups jockey for power with the date for full independence from Portugal drawing nearer.

    On 11 November the transitional coalition Government which joins the three groups -- the M.P.L.A., the F.N.L.A. and U.N.I.T.A. -- and Portugal will hand over full power to Angolans.

    SYNOPSIS: Lisbon harbour on Saturday...and the docking of a passenger steamer crammed with Portuguese white settlers fleeing their strife-torn West African former colony of Angola. Since Portugal announced its intention of handing over power to Angolans themselves, the country's been torn by internal unrest. In the last four months over a thousand people have died...many thousands more have been wounded.

    The country won't achieve full independence until November. Meanwhile, the three nationalist groups there have brought their rivalries into the open. The quarters-of-a-million Portuguese in the country -- seeing little future in remaining -- are leaving hurriedly.

    Those that have no homes or relatives to go to are housed temporarily in transit camps with what belongings they were able to bring with them. So far some five-hundred a day are leaving Angola for Portugal ... And it's said two-hundred-thousand more want to return home.

    This has worried Portuguese authorities, who are setting up camps like this one in Lisbon's outskirts to cope with the expected influx of their refugee countryman. But there's some hope that the situation in Angola may cool off. Meetings are being held in Nairobi between the leaders of Angola's rival groups to settle their differences.

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