• Short Summary

    A woman refugee from Angola lay huddled on the steps of Sao Bento Government Palace in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, on Wednesday night (19 May) about to give birth to a child.

  • Description

    A woman refugee from Angola lay huddled on the steps of Sao Bento Government Palace in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, on Wednesday night (19 May) about to give birth to a child.

    She told newsmen she would go through with the birth in public as a protest against the Portuguese government's failure to provide housing and work for Angolan and Mozambique refugees now living in Portugal.

    Irene Melo, Aged 34, who left the Angolan capital of Luanda when the country became independent last year, was expected to give birth at any moment while this film was being taken.

    Mrs. Melo was among about 100 former Angolan and Mozambique settlers who have been camping at the Palace for the past three weeks.

    Her husband Sergio was with her and said they would name the child Sao Bento, after the Palace building.

    The Melos already have three children living with relatives in Coimbra, in central Portugal.

    About 650,000 settlers left Angola and Mozambique when the two countries became independent last year. The Portuguese economy is in trouble and the government says it can do little to help house them or find them jobs. Only about five per cent of the refugees have been able to find work.

    More than 5,000 refugees from the former colonies attended a rally in Lisbon's Sports Pavilion on Tuesday (18 May) in an effort to form an organisation strong enough to pressure the government into granting the refugees' demands for jobs and housing.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8GI8LNWM73F0KNGTK5UE28C0U
    Media URN:
    VLVA8GI8LNWM73F0KNGTK5UE28C0U
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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