• Short Summary

    Three US Air Force helicopters left Brazzaville July 17 for the Congo jungle across the dividing river - destination Boko, a tiny hillside settlement of the Bayaka tribe where 30 American missionaries had gathered for evacuation.

  • Description

    Three US Air Force helicopters left Brazzaville July 17 for the Congo jungle across the dividing river - destination Boko, a tiny hillside settlement of the Bayaka tribe where 30 American missionaries had gathered for evacuation. The helicopters each carried two barrels of fuel for the return journey.

    The natives were sad to see their white friends go. Only six years ago these tribesmen had a 'leopard' man who did away with his enemies in a variety of pagan ways. But now they gathered round shaking hands with all and sundry, and expressing their sadness.

    The white children, dressed in Sunday best, hug their most treasured toy - and mother locks up house, hoping to return soon. Head of the Boko mission, Lewis Brown of San Diego, has spent 36 years in the Congo. Asked how he felt, he replies. "Don't ask me. This is my life's work..and it will not die. But I hate to walk out like this."
    But the US Government ordered all Americans out of the troubled infant nation. As the helicopters rise above the huts and mission church, the Americans looked down for a last glimpse of their jungle homes. Brazzaville next stop - and probably europe, where many refugees from Congo have been sent.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4YOYDL697U2CGO553Q0BO7YXS
    Media URN:
    VLVA4YOYDL697U2CGO553Q0BO7YXS
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/07/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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