• Short Summary

    The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has organised a re-building programme for a Moslem village in Lebanon and on Sunday (12 June) the Commission started returning the villagers to their homes.

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    The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has organised a re-building programme for a Moslem village in Lebanon and on Sunday (12 June) the Commission started returning the villagers to their homes.

    SYNOPSIS: Majd al Tarshish is a Shiite Moslem village near mount Lebanon -- and it's the only Moslem settlement in an area inhabited by Maronite Christians. During the civil war the Moslems moved out to take refuge in safer areas near Beirut. On Sunday some of them returned home for the first time since the end of the fighting. They now face the task of re-establishing their village.

    The villagers found that although their houses has been almost completely looted, there was surprisingly little damage to the buildings. Only one house had been hit by rockets or shells.

    There was also a reunion with the Christians from the neighbouring villages. The two groups were on good terms before the war began, and many of the Moslems took refuge in Christian areas in Beirut. The United Nations Commission chose Majd al Tarshish to give aid to so relations between the two communities could be restored. The officials received a warm welcome when they arrived.

    Much of the money will go towards replacing crops and repairing sanitation services and other essential supplies. Similar aid is planned for other villages.

    Jacques Cuenod explained the background to the project.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA88LL8AFFX8HCDM3INIK6F556K
    Media URN:
    VLVA88LL8AFFX8HCDM3INIK6F556K
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/06/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:22:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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