An estimated 100 -150 thousand Pakistani refugee children under eight years of age have died of malnutrition in camps around Calcutta.
GV EXT Hospital buildings in camp.
GV PAN INT Hospital
CU Doctor examines child patient.
CUs Children suffering from malnutrition.
MCU Woman holds child.
MS Woman feeding child.
GV PAN FROM Hospital building to camp, open sewer in view.
MS PAN ALONG Camp buildings.
CU Young man runs with container.
CU Milk being issued.
CU Children stand around getting icelollies from
CU Boy sucking iced lolly.
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Background: An estimated 100 -150 thousand Pakistani refugee children under eight years of age have died of malnutrition in camps around Calcutta. The doctor who made the estimate, a Briton working there with the United Nations Save the Children Fund, accused Indian authorities of partial responsibility for the deaths - and said by January the death toll would have risen to half a million. It was, he said, worse than the infamous Biafran starvation situation.
Following publication of the doctor's estimate and his serious accusations against the Indian Government, VISNEWS cameraman Jagdish Kapoor visited the refugee 'death camps' and one of the hospitals struggling to keep down the toll of lives and misery. His film reflects the serious situation there.