A big convey of trucks and landrovers had been ???aring in the south of England?
GV Trucks along rough road. (4 shots)
GV an taking ladder off vehicle.
CU Wheel in sand.
SV Man places ladder under wheel.
CU Vehicles pulls out of sand (2 shots)
GV Vehicles along track.
GV Vehicle down sand slope. (2 shots).
CU Trans Sahara Mission sign. (English and French) (2 shots)
GV Vehicles out of courtyard.
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Background: A big convey of trucks and landrovers had been ???aring in the south of England for a mercy mission to drought-s???ri???ken parts of West Africa. The mission has been organised by the British-based Christian Aid Organisation, with the help of the United Kingdom Land Forces.
20 Landrovers and three 8-ton trucks will be shipped to Africa via France, and will be driven across the Sahara to Untied Nations agencies working in the drought-stricken areas. The vehicles have been prepared for the gruelling overland trip in trials at a British Army vehicle training area. The first shipment of vehicles will leave for France by ferry on Sunday (October 20th).
The convoy party includes volunteer drivers, mechanics, and signallers from various sections of the british Army, including the Gurkha Rifles.
Millions of square miles of West Africa are drought stricken and 12 million people face famine because the rains have failed for six years.
Eighty per cent of Mali's population are affected, while a third of Niger's population are in urgent need of aid.
The drought had killed millions of cattle, upon which the struggling West African economics depend, and there's a danger of disease among the remaining herds.
The landrovers will be used for veterinary work, while the trucks will be used to transport desperately needed food supplies to communities in the parched semi-desert areas.
SYNOPSIS: In the south of England, a big convoy of landrovers and trucks has been preparing for a mercy mission to drought-stricken pars of West Africa. The mission has been organised by the Christian Aid Organisation, with the help of the British Army. The twenty landrovers and three heavy trucks prepared for the gruelling trip across the Sahara at a British Army training centre.
The vehicles have been specially equipped for the Sahara crossing -- a journey of one-thousand miles.
The convoy party includes volunteer drives, mechanics and signallers from various sections of the British Army. The convoy will be shipped to Algeria via France. After the Sahara crossing the vehicles will be delivered to United Nations agencies working in drought stricken areas.
In Mali and Niger some twelve million people face famine because the rains have failed for six years. The drought has also killed millions of cattle which are vital to the West African economies. The landrovers will provide veterinary services for the remaining herds, while the trucks will carry food to desert communities.