• Short Summary

    THE MAJORITY OF THE MEN IN ABA, IN THE BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION OF NIGERIA, BIAFRAN, HAVE JOINED THE ARMY, TO FIGHT IN THE CIVIL WAR AGAINST FEDERAL NIGERIAN FORCES.

  • Description

    THE MAJORITY OF THE MEN IN ABA, IN THE BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION OF NIGERIA, BIAFRAN, HAVE JOINED THE ARMY, TO FIGHT IN THE CIVIL WAR AGAINST FEDERAL NIGERIAN FORCES. SO THE WOMEN OF THE TOWN HAVE BEEN LEFT TO COPE WITH MANY OF THE JOBS THE MEN NORMALLY HANDLED. THEY OPERATE FACTORIES, CONTROL TRAFFIC AND ROADBLOCKS, AND CARE FOR MANY OF THE TOWN'S SERVICE INDUSTRIES.

    THE WOMEN AND GIRLS OF THE TOWN BELONG TO THE MILITIA CORPS, SOME ARE CIVIL DEFENCE WORKERS, OTHERS WORK AS SPECIAL EMERGENCY CONSTABLES.

    THE GIRLS CONDUCT INTENSIVE SEARCHES AT ROADBLOCKS SET UP ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE TOWN. CALLED CIVIL DEFENDERS, THEY MAKE UP A SMALL LINK IN THE CHAIN OF THOUSANDS OF SUCH BLOCKS THROUGHOUT BIAFRA. THEY ARE SEARCHING FOR SABOTEURS OR FEDERAL INFILTRATORS.

    WHEN THE HOSTILITIES BEGAN LAST JULY, MANY WOMEN IN THE TOWN ORGANISED THEMSELVES INTO A GROUP KNOWS AS WOMENS VOLUNTARY SERVICES. THEY COOK FOOD IN VAST QUANTITIES FOR TOWNSPEOPLE INVOLVED IN VOLUNTARY WORK.

    LATEST WAR FRONT REPORTS SAY FEDERAL FORCES HAVE SEIZED DAWES ISLAND, 20 MILES NORTH OF THE OIL TERMINAL OF BONNY, IN THE TIDAL CHANNEL LEADING TO THE BIAFRAN STRONGHOLD OF PORT HARCOURT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADEJURT0CMI35G1UL25J45BZI6
    Media URN:
    VLVADEJURT0CMI35G1UL25J45BZI6
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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