Three aircraft landed at Brussels July 9. They were unscheduled flights - for on board?
crowd at airport
arrival of the plane
Red Cross staff after passengers
another plane arrives
women and children
Red Cross assistant
airport reception room.
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Background: Three aircraft landed at Brussels July 9. They were unscheduled flights - for on board were refugees - women and children from the Congo Republic, some of them from the fountain-head of the Congolese army mutiny, Thysville.
They formed part of a group of 550 refugees who were brought home by Sebana airline's emergency airlift. They came from Brazzaville, capital of neighboring French Republic of Congo - and close to Leopoldville. it had been their first haven of safety as they fled the dangers of the Congo's incipient Black chaos.
The women and children had fled in haste - many had no baggage, children had no shoes.
But there in Brussels, home at last, Red Cross personnel met them, as they left the planes, and helped to feed and clothe them in the airport reception rooms.
One anxiety for many of the refugees - what would become of their menfolks still in the Congo, were groups of Europeans, many in remote country areas, were being held at gun point by hostile Congolese who had also sealed off the exit from Leopoldville to Brazzaville. Belgium meanwhile was making every effort to rescue the stranded Whites, and was flying out from Brussels extra Belgian troops.