• Short Summary

    PEKALONGAN IS ONE OF MANY CENTRAL JAVA CITIES CURRENTLY TROUBLED BY BEGGARS. THEY HAVE COME?

  • Description

    PEKALONGAN IS ONE OF MANY CENTRAL JAVA CITIES CURRENTLY TROUBLED BY BEGGARS. THEY HAVE COME FROM THE FARMING AREAS AROUND THE CITY WHERE, FOR THE SECOND YEAR RUNNING, THE RICE CROP HAS BEEN RUINED BY DROUGHT, AND THAT WHICH COULD BE HARVESTED INFESTED BY A PLAGUE OF RATS.

    DESTITUTE, THE RUINED FARMERS FLOCK TO THE CITIES TO BEG A SUBSISTENCE FROM THE MORE PROSPEROUS CITY DWELLERS. OUR CAMERAMAN REPORTED THAT, IN SPITE OF THE SHORTAGE, FOOD WAS AVAILABLE IN THE SHOPS FOR THOSE THAT COULD AFFORD IT. THE BEGGARS IN PEKALONGAN ARE CENTRED AROUND THE MARKET, THE HUB OF THE CITY'S LIFE. THEY SLEEP IN THE BUS STATION, LIVING FROM DAY TO DAY ON WHAT THEY CAN FIND OR BEG, AND COOK IN THE STREETS.

    RAIN, AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MONTH, GAVE FRESH HOPE TO THE PEOPLE OF DEMAK. THE DROUGHT AND PLAGUE OF RATS THERE HAD BEEN SO BAD THAT THE INDONESIAN AUTHORITIES WERE FORCED TO STEM THE FLOW OF DESTITUTES TO THE TOWNS BY ALLOWING TRAVEL ON OFFICIAL PERMITS ONLY. NOW WITH THE RAIN THE PEOPLE ARE PLANTING ANOTHER RICE CROP.

    SEMARANG, ANOTHER TOWN IN CENTRAL JAVA, HAS BEEN INUNDATED BY BEGGARS IN THE PAST FOUR MONTHS. THEY HAVE BEEN SLEEPING IN THE STREETS, UNDER SHOP AND OFFICE AWNINGS, OFTEN WITH NOTHING MORE THAN THEIR RAGGED CLOTHES. POLICE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES HAVE BEEN ROUNDING UP THE HOMELESS AND SENDING THEM BACK TO THEIR FARMS WITH SOME FINANCIAL AID TO HELP THEM START AGAIN.

    THE INDONESIAN AUTHORITIES ARE TRYING TO RESETTLE BEGGARS IN THE MORE FERTILE NORTH OF THE ISLAND, BUT THEY CANNOT KEEP PACE WITH THE INCREASING NUMBER OF DESTITUTES. HOSPITALS ARE TREATING HUNDREDS OF CASES OF MALNUTRITION. BUT WITHOUT RAIN TO WATER THE RICE-DROP, THE FOOD SHORTAGE CONTINUES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6DZTDMGD19SGOHNAP4TZGDHL0
    Media URN:
    VLVA6DZTDMGD19SGOHNAP4TZGDHL0
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/03/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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