In Rhodesia both blacks and the white population alike are being threatened as never before by the naked power struggle between black nationalist guerrillas and the country's coalition transitional government.
GV People sitting around and walking about in shanty town. (2 SHOTS)
SV People cooking outside makeshift shelters. (2 SHOTS)
CU PAN People eating and drinking.
SV People sitting in the open with possessions. (3 SHOTS)
GV People sitting around in the open. (2 SHOTS)
According to Reuters news agency the continued fighting in Rhodesia has created a mood of deep scepticism among both blacks and whites over repeated claims by the transitional government that its quest for a ceasefire is getting off the ground, albeit slowly. At least eight emissaries sent by black nationalist Parties into war zone to persuade the guerrillas to stoop fighting have been killed by the men they sought to contact. Church sources say they believe that the nationalists in the coalition are loosing grassroots support because of their apparent inability to ease the plight of the mass of Africans. A Rhodesian security forces spokesman quoted by Reuters said that since March this year the number of guerrillas inside Rhodesia has increased from 6,000 to 6,400.
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Background: In Rhodesia both blacks and the white population alike are being threatened as never before by the naked power struggle between black nationalist guerrillas and the country's coalition transitional government. For the whites there is always the possibility of emigration -- thousands have already left the country -- but for the blacks there are no soft options.
SYNOPSIS: Except of course to flee their ancestral rural homelands and huddle together for protection close to the big cities. Here at the harare shanty town near Salisbury some 4,000 black Rhodesians are squatting under makeshift shelters in preference to the risk of death or torture in the countryside. According to the latest figures there are 10,000 squatters living around Salisbury -- with similar encampments near Bulawayo.
According to unofficial estimates 500,000 rural Africans have fled their homes as the Rhodesian bloodbath continues unabated. Apart from the thousands living in shanty towns more than 100,000 are believed to have crossed into Zambia, Mozambique and Botswana.
For those who stay there is survival at a level described by one churchman as "barely an existence". Many are bitter about the transitional government, with the heaviest criticism directed at black members.