• Short Summary

    A 25 acre refuges camp has been set up near the devastated Nicaraguan city of Managua to help some of the 300,000 homeless.

  • Description

    A 25 acre refuges camp has been set up near the devastated Nicaraguan city of Managua to help some of the 300,000 homeless.

    The camp contains about 700 tents and will eventually shelter about 3000 people. When this film was made only about 700 people had arrived but more were moving in steadily.

    Admittance is restricted to the neediest families who are given passes signed by the national strongman and former President, General Somoza.

    But while such aid programmes are slowly gaining momentum, a political squabble is threatening to hamper relief operations.

    The opposition Conservative party's presidential candidates, Senor Fernando Aguero, says the government is preventing his party from assisting in relief work, and he's demanded a return to civilian rule. Managua has been under martial law since the earthquake about ten days ago.

    Observers in Managua feel the political squabble could hamper food relief efforts...they note that the wealthy conservative opposition party members control much of the agricultural sector of the economy.

    SYNOPSIS: A tent-city refuges camp has been set up near the devastated Nicaraguan city of Managua to help some of the city's 300,000 homeless.

    Admittance to the camp is by pass only, and the passes have to be signed by strongman General Somoza, who is directing relief operations. The camp contains about 700 tents, and will eventually house about 3000 refugees... when this film was made only about 700 people had moved in, but more were arriving in a steady trickle.

    Outside the camp volunteers report very difficult situations...a British team found one village with a hundred and forty families living in it...the next day it had gained another hundred and twelve families...and none of the people had eaten for almost a week.

    Despite a massive build up of relief supplies food is desperately scarce...for many the ration has been one orange and a small piece of cheese. Hungry refugees have stopped trucks carrying food and tried to grab supplies, while at the airport extra troops had to be called in when a crowd besieged hangers containing food shipments.

    Meanwhile a political squabble is threatening to hamper relief operations. The opposition Conservative party's presidential candidate, Senor Fernando Aguero, says the government is preventing his party from assisting in relief work, and he's demanded a return to civilian rule. Observers in the stricken city feel the political squabble could hamper food relief efforts...they note that the wealthy Conservative opposition party members control much of the community's agriculture.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8ONBA24QQLTETLIK7PP8UAJMH
    Media URN:
    VLVA8ONBA24QQLTETLIK7PP8UAJMH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/12/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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