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    This if the story asked for in John Brittle's letter of 17 July. The International?

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    This if the story asked for in John Brittle's letter of 17 July. The International Red Cross, who run the camp, put up a lot of opposition to its being filmed but I eventually gained permission on the strict understanding that the film was not to be used for any political purpose, which would embarrass the organisation's relations with the Ivory Coast. Please also see my notes on kwashiorkor.

    There are three such camps in the Ivory Coast, the present one at Cocody (a district of Abidjan), which had 367 children; the one at Grand Bassam (35 kilometres along the coast from Abidjan), which has 208; and the one at Bouake (350 kilometres into the interior), which has 316. Thus the total number of Biafran refugee children cared for in camps by the Red Cross is Wright (a Frenchwoman with an amazing Irish accent when she speaks English), who is seen in the film (small woman in dark blue dress and folder under he arm) and is staffed by six Biafran teachers (also seen), three Canadian nurses (one, with red hair and white coverall is seen talking to Mrs. Wright) and 11 Ivorian general helpers (car drivers, meal servers, et al). Although there are still some vestiges of kwashiokor at the camp, no child is actually ill and the infirmary is empty. Only one class -- the infants' -- is crowded but not by much. As part of their studies the children are learning french (note blackboard in film).

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