INTRODUCTION: Somalia's Moslem peasants are offering special prayers to Allah this week in thanks for an early arrival of the annual rains needed to break the drought in the famine-ridden land.
GV U.S. aircraft at airport.
GV Transport vehicle backs up to aircraft SV aircraft (2 SHOTS)
SV Goods being unloaded from aircraft.
SV Mrs Josie Clevenger speaking. (4 SHOTS)
SV Goods being loaded onto transport vehicle.
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT): (SEQ 4): INTERVIEWER: "Who's paying for all this? How did you get the money to bring all this in?"
CLEVENGER: "The people of the San Francisco area. We put out appeals through the radio media, television, advertisements, walk for survival. One particular newscaster who appeared, came with the plane, Mr. Amberg has given a nightly newscast including what is going on in East Africa and primarily in Somalia, asking for people to donate money to the emergency relief fund in San Francisco which was then spent and will continue to be spent on items which we need to take care of the refugees. Food, clothing, rice, whatever, and that is ongoing continuously."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Somalia's Moslem peasants are offering special prayers to Allah this week in thanks for an early arrival of the annual rains needed to break the drought in the famine-ridden land. Heavy rains have fallen in some outlying districts several weeks earlier than usual, but the problems facing the country are still enormous, and international aid is still required.
SYNOPSIS: This United States aircraft flew in to Mogadishu on Monday (6 April) with supplies from San Francisco. One Somali official said the task ahead was so enormous he feared it might be better to let nature take its course. However, world relief workers do not share his view. Mrs Josie Clevenger of the Medical Volunteers International was one of them.
Droughts since 1974 and the refugee problem have all but wrecked the country's economy, but United Nations aid is easing some of its problems.