• Short Summary

    THE FIRST PLANELOAD OF
    HOSTAGES FREED FROM THE FORMER CONGO REBEL STRONGHOLD OF STANLEYVILLE ARRIVED AT
    BRUSSELS AIRPORT TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

  • Description

    THE FIRST PLANELOAD OF
    HOSTAGES FREED FROM THE FORMER CONGO REBEL STRONGHOLD OF STANLEYVILLE ARRIVED AT
    BRUSSELS AIRPORT TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

    RED CROSS MEN AND WOMEN STOOD BY WITH WARM CLOTHING TO GREET THE GROUP, RESCUED
    BY HUNDREDS OF BELGIAN PARATROOPERS DROPPED FROM THE SKIES ON A DAWN RESCUE
    MISSION IN STANLEYVILLE YESTERDAY.

    CROWN PRINCE ALBERT OF BELGIUM, PRESIDENT OF THE NATION'S RED CROSS, AND HIS
    WIFE, PRINCESS PAOLA, WERE AT THE AIRPORT TO MEET THE FORMER HOSTAGES.

    THE FIRST PLANELOAD WAS MADE UP OF 76 MEN, 49 WOMEN AND 38 CHILDREN -- SIX OF
    THEM BABIES, THERE WERE SIX WOUNDED ON BOARD, TWO OF THEM SOLDIERS. AIRPORT
    OFFICIALS SAID THAT EXCEPT FOR FOUR DUTCH, ALL WERE BELGIANS.

    ONE YOUNG BELGIANS WOMAN FAINTED AND COLLAPSED AS SHE LEFT THE AIRCRAFT. HER
    COMPANIONS SAID SHE HAD LOST HER HUSBAND AND THREE CHILDREN IN STANLEYVILLE
    YESTERDAY WHEN REBELS FIRED ON HOSTAGES.

    A GIRL ABOUT 12 LEFT THE PLANE IN BLANKETS. OTHER EVACUEES SAID SHE LOST HER
    ENGLISH-BORN MOTHER, HER FATHER, AND HER 14 YEAR OLD SISTER IN STANLEYVILLE.

    MANY OF THE FREED HOSTAGES PAID TRIBUTE TO THE AMERICAN MISSIONARY, DR. PAUL
    CARLSON. HE HAD BEEN SENTENCED TO DEATH BY THE REBELS BUT HIS EXECUTION WAS NOT
    OFFICIALLY CARRIED OUT. HE WAS SHOT DEAD MANY OF THE HOSTAGES WHO WHERE ORDERED
    TO IST IN THE STREET AND THEN GUNNED BY THE REBELS, JUST BEFORE THE ARRIVAL OF
    THE PARATROOPERS.

    MANY RED CROSS WORKERS AND AIRPORT HOSTESSES WEPT AS THE BEDRAGGLED REFUGEES
    MILLED AROUND IN THE RECEPTION CENTRE RECEIVING BLANKETS AND WARM CLOTHING.

    AMONG THE SURVIVORS WERE YOUNG BABIES, ONLY FEW MONTHS OLD, GRAVE WHITE ROBED
    FRIARS WHO KISSED THE RING OF A WELCOMING BISHOP, AND RAGGED UNSHAVEN MEN
    WALKING THROUGH THE RAIN SWEPT DAWN IN SANDALS, A SHORTS AND TEE-SHIRTS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADSGPLZZ22JJM2ZCAFQKFDUZW4
    Media URN:
    VLVADSGPLZZ22JJM2ZCAFQKFDUZW4
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/11/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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