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CU & PULL BACK TO GV Musami Mission School, Zimbabwe
GV People walking on country road (2 shots)
CU Garden and flowers in graveyard
GV EXTERIOR School building ZOOM INTO CU broken window
GV Missionary school teachers (3 shots)
SV Young men being taught motor mechanics (3 shots)
SVs People outside mission hospital (2 shots)
GV Medical Centre exterior
SVs People waiting outside for treatment (4 shots)
LS Medical Centre
GVs Patients outside Medical Centre
LS Children playing on see-saw
TRANSCRIPT: BJARNASON: "At the Musami Mission School, life is literally returning. The war in the bush raged all around this isolated outpost and it finally had to be abandoned. But now, with peace, Musami has been cleaned up and will open within a month. One of the war's major massacres occurred here three years ago. The Roman Catholic mission was closed after seven missionaries were murdered. It is estimated the war ruined, extinguished or blighted the lives of one person in four in this country. For example, three-quarters of the schools were either closed or destroyed. A half million young people have missed years of education. Now, at Musami, teaching sisters have begun to return, enthusiastic and optimistic. They'll teach 1100 students, mostly from the surrounding bushland. This mission provides a vital service in a remote area. Subjects taught at the school range from reading and writing to engine repair. Machinery is now being overhauled after two years of disuse. And the mission.......hospital is mobber. During the war, medical services, especially in rural areas, all but collapsed. There were serious increases in malaria, anthrax and tuberculosis. Infant mortality soared. Simple injuries such as broken limbs could become a crisis. The reopening of this hospital was a life-saving event. There is surprisingly little bitterness here and a great deal of optimism. It is a rich country with enormous agricultural and economic potential. These young Zimbabweans have a reasonable chance of growing up in one of the most prosperous countries in Africa."
REPORTER: DAN BJARNASON
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Background: As the government of Mr. Robert Mugabe settles down to the long process of rebuilding Zimbabwe after seven years of war, there are already signs of a return to normal, especially in rural areas. The war had uprooted over one million people and destroyed crops, cattle herds, mission schools and clinics. Soon after independence, Mr. Mugabe made it one of his priorities to restore social facilities in country districts. Help for the government has come, not only from abroad in the form of financial aid, but also from the religious orders which formerly ran many of the mission stations throughout the country. One such station is at Musami, the scene of one of the worst massacres of the war. From there, a report by Dan Bjarnason of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.