• Short Summary

    IN THE MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT, A CRISIS A ANOTHER URGENT NATURE HAS EMERGED--THE STRUGGLE OF SURVIVAL FOR SOME ONE-AND-A-HALF MILLION PALESTINIAN REFUGEES.

  • Description

    IN THE MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT, A CRISIS A ANOTHER URGENT NATURE HAS EMERGED--THE STRUGGLE OF SURVIVAL FOR SOME ONE-AND-A-HALF MILLION PALESTINIAN REFUGEES.

    ALTHOUGH REFUGEES ARE STILL STREAMING INTO JORDAN, THE MAJORITY AT THE NUMEROUS CAMP SITES ARE THE ORIGINAL VICTIMS OF THE JUNE, 1967 HOSTILITIES.

    ONE SUCH CAMP--AND THE MAIN CENTRE FOR REFUGEE INTAKE--IS SITUATED OUTSIDE THE JORDANIAN CAPITAL, AMMAN. IT IS HERE THAT 478-THOUSAND HAVE MADE THEIR HOME IN CONDITIONS FAR REMOVED FROM COMFORT. MAKESHIFT TENTS, SECOND-HAND CLOTHES AND FOOD DEPENDENT ON CHARITY, IS THEIR EXISTENCE.

    THE REFUGEES RECEIVE MONTHLY RATIONS OF FOOD FROM THE LOCAL "RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCY", FIRST SET UP BY THE UNITED NATIONS IN 1948. THIS INVOLVES A BASIC DISTRIBUTION OF FLOUR, SUGAR, DRIED BEANS AND PEAS, AND RICE. MOST REFUGEES HOWEVER, MANAGE TO ADD A LITTLE MEAT, EGGS, VEGETABLES OR FRUIT, EITHER GROWN BY THEMSELVES, BARTERED FOR PART OF THEIR RATIONS OR BOUGHT WITH EARNING. AS THE BASIC RATION CONTAINS NO FRESH FOOD OR ANIMAL PROTEIN, THERE IS A SUPPLEMENTARY FEEDING PROGRAMME TO PROTECT THE HEALTH OF THE MOST VULNERABLE SECTORS OR THE REFUGEE POPULATION.

    AS MORE THAN 55-THOUSAND REFUGEE BABIES ARE BORN EVERY YEAR, THE NUMBER OF THOSE REGISTERED WITH THE UNRWA INCREASES. AT PRESENT ABOUT HALF OF THEM ARE UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN. IN FACT, 35-PER CENT OF THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF EAST JORDAN ARE REGISTERED WITH THE AGENCY. BECAUSE OF THE EVER-INCREASING NUMBER OF DEPENDENTS, DEPLETING FUNDS COULD CAUSE THE TERMINATION OF THE EMERGENCY FEEDING PROGRAMME....A GRIM SIDE-EFFECT OF THE STRUGGLE ON IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA57XD9CTU668OWBA9DAECDFPYJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA57XD9CTU668OWBA9DAECDFPYJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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