Senator Edward Kennedy told more than 700 Indian members of Parliament, on Saturday (14 August) that he would never forget the sight of poor refugees from East Pakistan that he had seen in the past few days.
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Background: Senator Edward Kennedy told more than 700 Indian members of Parliament, on Saturday (14 August) that he would never forget the sight of poor refugees from East Pakistan that he had seen in the past few days. What had been intended as an informal meeting with the M.P.'s, turned into a virtual address to a joint session of Parliament.
Mr. Kennedy, as chairman of the Senate Sub-Committee on Refugees, said he believed that millions of Americans shared his sympathy for the plight of these "homeless, destitute and tortured" people. He had just spent four days touring the refugee camps, but he was refused permission by the Pakistan government to visit that country.
The 39-year-old Democrat from Massachusetts was warmly welcomed by about 1,000 people, upon his arrival in New Delhi on Friday (13 August). Commenting on the suffering of the some 7,500,000 refugees from East Pakistan, he said that no one could measure the dimension of the refugee problem, until he had seen the children and old women suffering from malnutrition and bullet wounds.
SYNOPSIS: In New Delhi on Friday, Senator Edward Kennedy arrived for discussions with Indian leaders, after having toured camp for the some seven and a half million East Pakistani refugees. He was greeted at the airport by the Deputy Foreign Minister, Surendra Pal Singh.
The thirty-nine-year-old Democrat from Massachusetts, who is chairman of the Senate Sub-Committee on Refugees, said he hoped he would be able to recommend ways in which the United States could help relieve the suffering of the refugees. Some one-thousand supporters were on hand to greet the Senator.
Mr. Kennedy had been refused permission by the Pakistan government to visit that country, but did spend four-days touring refugee camps in the northern areas of West Bengal. He termed the refugee problem as "perhaps the greatest human tragedy of our times."
On Saturday, in an address to a joint session of the Indian Parliament, Senate Kennedy said that he would never forget the "sight of poor, unfortunate children and old people" he had seen in the refugee camps.