After a sea voyage of 21 days, the American ship "USS Bexer" arrived, Oct 1, at Matadi, Congo Republic, with a battalion of 1,150 Indonesian troops for the United Nations Command.
After a sea voyage of 21 days, the American ship "USS Bexer" arrived, Oct 1, at Matadi, Congo Republic, with a battalion of 1,150 Indonesian troops for the United Nations Command. Waiting to greet the new arrivals was the United States Naval Attache Captain Du Bois, and the Commander of the Moroccan contingent Col. Prijatny.
With the arrival of the Indonesian soldiers the United Nations force now has about 18,000 trained men under its command. Also on board the ship were 1,388 cases of ammunition and stores. In the holds of the vessel were jeeps and tractors.
While the military situation in the Congo remains calm, members of the World Health Organisation are hard pressed to meet demands caused by the deteriorating health situation. At present there is a real threat of an outbreak of bubonic plague, malaria and sleeping sickness.
Red Cross teams from 22 countries have moved into the general hospitals throughout the country and are only just able to maintain a minimum health service. United Nations troops have been advised not to drink tapwater.