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    THE DUTCH GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED AN INCREASE IN ITS AID PROGRAMMED TO THE PEOPLE OF BIAFRA.

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    THE DUTCH GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED AN INCREASE IN ITS AID PROGRAMMED TO THE PEOPLE OF BIAFRA. THE FOREIGN MINISTER, DOCTOR JOSEPH LUNS, SAID THIS WEEK THAT TOTAL AID TO BIAFRA NOW AMOUNTS TO ABOUT GBP1,750,000.

    A DUTCH COASTAL VESSEL "IMBER" IS BEING LOADED IN ROTTERDAM HARBOUR WITH SUPPLIES FOR BIAFRAN CIVILIANS. AMONG THE CARGO IS A 650 TON SHIPMENT OF POWDERED MILK. THE COASTAL VESSEL IS BEING CHARTERED BY THE DUTCH RED CROSS TO SHIP FOOD BETWEEN LAGOS, THE NIGERIAN CAPITAL, AND PORT HARCOURT, THE MAIN PORT OF WHAT WAS FORMERLY BIAFRA. THERE ARE MANY LARGE REFUGEE CENTRES AT PORT HARCOURT. BEFORE THIS WEEK'S ANNOUNCEMENT BY DR LUNS, THE RED CROSS HAD ALREADY RECEIVED HEAVY CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE DUTCH GOVERNMENT FOR RELIEF WORK IN BIAFRA.

    A SECOND VESSEL IS BEING LOADED IN AMSTERDAM HARBOUR. IT IS THE 3,500 TON NORWEGIAN SHIP "FORRA" AND HAS BEEN CHARTERED BY AN ORGANISATION WHICH HAS CALLED ITSELF THE "THE CHRISTMAS SHIP FOR BIAFRA" COMMITTEE. THE FORRA IS LOADING ABOUT 250 TONS OF FOOD, INCLUDING SALT, AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES BEFORE SAILING FOR LONDON TO PICK UP MORE SUPPLIES. THE FORRA'S DESTINATION IS THE PORTUGUESE OF ISLAND OF SAO TOME, NEAR THE NIGERIAN COAST, WHERE THE SUPPLIES WILL BE AIR-LIFTED TO BIAFRA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAVZNH2QVRCAEOE4E8EGF1AF5F
    Media URN:
    VLVAAVZNH2QVRCAEOE4E8EGF1AF5F
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/12/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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