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    GONDER REGION, ETHIOPIA

    Eight foreign aid workers, at least five of them women, were taken hostage when Ethiopian anti-government guerrillas attacked the Northern Ethiopian town of Korea on April 21.

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    1. TOP VIEW PAN Refugees waiting for aid at Ibanat Food Provision Centre in the Gonder region. 0.16
    2. SV ZOOM FROM Red Cross workers unloading grain TO crowd outside centre. 0.22
    3. SV Women with babies queueing for medical attention. (2 SHOTS) 0.29
    4. CU Baby being vaccinated. 0.35
    5. SV Red Cross workers. 0.37
    6. SV Red Cross workers and refugees. 0.54
    7. SV Red Cross workers issuing blankets. 1.00
    8. SV Food unloaded from truck. 1.15
    9. SV Large crowds waiting for relief. (2 SHOTS) 1.21
    10. SV Women and children being vaccinated. (3 SHOTS) 1.44
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    Background: GONDER REGION, ETHIOPIA

    Eight foreign aid workers, at least five of them women, were taken hostage when Ethiopian anti-government guerrillas attacked the Northern Ethiopian town of Korea on April 21. Reports published on April 26 said the guerrillas took Korem and seized the eight - four Britons, two Irish nurses, an Indian and an American - who had been involved in schemes to counter Ethiopia's worst drought in ten years. Korem, together with the neighbouring Gonder region, has been a key centre in recent months for feeding and providing medical attention to the victims of the drought. An estimated three million people are known to be affected by the drought in Ethiopia's northern provinces, which has deprived the country of its crops and watering places. Tens of thousands have become totally dependent on food aid delivered by relief agencies, including the Red Cross and the Save the Children Fund to aid stations and refugee camps in the Gonder region and Wollo province. The guerrillas who took the hostages demand autonomy for the province of Tigra, of which Korem once formed part. They have been fighting since the left-wing revolution which overthrew Emperor Haile Selassie in 1974 and claim to control about 90 per cent of the province. On April 26, a spokesman of the Save the Children Fund said it could be that the guerrillas wanted to show the kidnapped relief workers how badly the drought had hit Tigra. Reports from Addis Ababa said that the two Irish nurses were both seen alive on April 22 in a rebel-held town in Northern Ethiopia, but there were no reports about the other six hostages.

    Source: REUTERS - TAFESSE JARRA

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAERUQOUID6299DTNOJFA0NUQR
    Media URN:
    VLVAAERUQOUID6299DTNOJFA0NUQR
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/04/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
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    N/A

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