• Short Summary

    THE TINY AFRICAN KINGDOM OF BURUNDI HAS HAD, AND IS HAVING, A TROUBLED POLITICAL LIFE SINCE IT WAS GRANTED INDEPENDENCE FROM BELGIAN COLONIAL RULE IN 1962.

  • Description

    THE TINY AFRICAN KINGDOM OF BURUNDI HAS HAD, AND IS HAVING, A TROUBLED POLITICAL LIFE SINCE IT WAS GRANTED INDEPENDENCE FROM BELGIAN COLONIAL RULE IN 1962. BUT DESPITE GREAT INTERNAL DIFFICULTIES IT IS MAKING GREAT STRIDES TO SOLVE ITS MOST PRESSING SOCIAL PROBLEM - THE FUTURE OF THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES WHO HAVE SOUGHT SANCTUARY WITHIN ITS NARROW BORDERS.

    POLITICAL UPHEAVALS IN THE NEIGHBOURING REPUBLIC OF RWANDA AND THE FORMER BELGIAN CONGO HAVE RESULTED IN NO LESS THAN 140,000 REFUGEES SWELLING ITS NATIVE POPULATION OF ABOUT TWO-AND-A-HALF MILLIONS. MANY HAVE COME FROM THE CONGO, BUT THE LARGEST SINCE INFLUX HAS COME FROM RWANDA.

    THE RWANDA REFUGEES ARE RACIALLY THE SAME AS THE BULK OF THE NATIVE INHABITANTS ON BURUNDI. THUS, THE BURUNDI GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO SETTLE THE RWANDAS PERMANENTLY WITHIN THEIR COUNTRY AND ATTEMPT TO INTEGRATE THEM FULLY INTO THE LOCAL SOCIETY. MANY ARE STILL IN TRANSIT OR EMERGENCY CAMPS, BUT SOME 16,000 HAVE ALREADY BEEN SETTLED IN THE MUGERA COMMUNE - A DEVELOPMENT REGION SELECTED FOR ITS SUITABILITY FOR AGRICULTURE.

    PLANS FOR THE MUGERA AREA ENVISAGE SOME 45 VILLAGES EACH WITH ITS OWN BASIC SOCIAL AMENITIES. MEDICAL SERVICES HAVE BEEN PLANNED AND ADVICE ON AGRICULTURAL PROBLEMS IS BEING GIVEN BY TEAMS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT.

    THE BURUNDI ADMINISTRATION IS NOT TREATING THE PLAN AS CHARITY. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE VILLAGES TO A SET PLAN IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE FUTURE SETTLERS. IT IS A JOINT EFFORT IN WHICH THE RESULT ARE BEGINNING TO SHOW FRUIT - AND FOR WHICH THE REFUGEES ARE SHOWING THANKS TO THOSE IN THEIR NEW HOMELAND.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6K2DJX6HBGFGWL33O1G1WL92H
    Media URN:
    VLVA6K2DJX6HBGFGWL33O1G1WL92H
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/10/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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