Relif food supplies to ease the Ethiopian famine have been moved from the port of Djibouti in Afars and Issas, but not before thousands of tons of the much needed food had been dumped it had gone bad.
GV PAN from Train to LV Workers collecting grain in sacks
SV PAN along sacks of grain stacked
SV & CU Grain being bagged (3 shots)
SV Labourers shovelling grain into piles
CU Sacks from USA
SV Grain being collected into tins and being emptied into sacks.
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Background: Relif food supplies to ease the Ethiopian famine have been moved from the port of Djibouti in Afars and Issas, but not before thousands of tons of the much needed food had been dumped it had gone bad.
During the last ten days of August mountains of grain and other food stored int he port area have been moved. Most of it has had to be dumped because the bulk of the grain wars rotten and had turned black and tins of food had exploded because they'd been standing unprotected in high temperatures.
Unfortunately, tons of good food were mixed in with the ruined stocks and were also dumped.
The food had been lying around the Djibouti dock area since March. But, because of internal strife in Ethiopia, only a fraction of it was crossing the border. Sacks of grain were bursting open and spilled grain was left to rot where it fell.
This film was shot on 31 August and shows the dock area where only a month before huge piles of grain and other foods had been lying. These piles have now been cleared away and Ethiopian workers cleared the area and rebagged some of the spilled grain that was still in good condition.
It is the remainder of an 8,000-ton shipment of maize, a gift from the United States. This had ben lying in Djibouti since April and was being moved out at the rate of only 125 tons a day because of the inability of the Ethiopian transport system to handle larger tonnages.