More than 30,000 refugees from the troubled areas of East Pakistan have been housed in special camps in India.
More than 30,000 refugees from the troubled areas of East Pakistan have been housed in special camps in India. Most of the refugees crossed the border at Petrapole, Basirhat, and Dinhata.
Conditions in the camps are reported to be good and the refugees have said they are receiving enough good food, but are badly in need of clothing. The camps provide only basic needs - food, shelter and water.
This film was shot at the Haridaspur camp, one of the many erected to house the flood of refugees. It shows general conditions and arrival of refugees.
SYNOPSIS: Over thirty thousand refugees have been housed in camps in India since the war in East pakistan started. Many of them have been crossing over into India through border points at Petrapole, Basir at and Dinhata in West Bengal.
This is Haridaspur Camp. According to an Indian correspondent, over eight thousand East Pakistan evacuees have arrived there since the first of April. Most of them came from the areas around Jessore. They arrived with few possessions and little food.
The camps in India are makeshift. The camp officials provide only the basic necessities - shelter, food and water. The refugees say they are getting enough food, but clothing seems to be the only commodity lacking.
Once registered, the refugees feel they are safe. Many have fled even further into India, fearing the reported advance of the Pakistan Government troops.
The refugees travelled on foot or by boat to get into India. Some carried their belongings in these trishaws. Now, their owners have fled, apparently fearing the spread of the civil war.
With the approach of the monsoon rains, many refugees think that the makeshift shelters are not good enough, But the greater majority of East Pakistan evacuees are satisfied. They feel they are lucky to be in India.