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    MR ODRICH HASELMAN, REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSION FOR REFUGEES IN WEST AFRICA, VISITED A REFUGEE CENTRE AT GRAND BASSAM, NEAR THE IVORY COAST CAPITAL OF ABIDJAN, ON FRIDAY.

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    MR ODRICH HASELMAN, REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSION FOR REFUGEES IN WEST AFRICA, VISITED A REFUGEE CENTRE AT GRAND BASSAM, NEAR THE IVORY COAST CAPITAL OF ABIDJAN, ON FRIDAY.

    IVORY COAST IS AMONG THE FOUR AFRICAN COUNTRIES WHICH HAVE SO FAR GIVEN DIPLOMATIC RECOGNITION TO BIAFRA. THERE ARE 190 BIAFRAN REFUGEE CHILDREN IN THIS CAMP -- ONE OF THREE ESTABLISHED BY THE IVORY COAST GOVERNMENT.

    CHILDREN IN GRAND BASSAM AND THE OTHER CAMPS ARE LOOKED AFTER BY MEMBERS OF THE IVORY COAST RED CROSS AND THE IRISH REPUBLIC 'AFRICA CONCERN' ORGANISATION, WHO ARE ASSISTED BY THE NEWLY-FORMED IVORY COAST-BIAFRA FRIENDSHIP GROUP.

    MR HASELMAN, AND HIS DEPUTY, MR HSU, WERE SHOWN THE AIRY DORMITORIES WHERE THE CHILDREN SLEEP, AND MET THE NURSES AND TEACHERS WHO RUN THE CAMP. THEY WERE ALSO ENTERTAINED BY SONGS TAUGHT TO THE CHILDREN BY THE NURSES. MOST OF THE SONGS ARE IN THEIR NATIVE IBO, BUT THE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED ONE SONG IN ENGLISH, THE WORDS OF WHICH ASK THE QUESTION: 'WHEN SHALL WE GO BACK TO BIAFRA?'
    ALL THE CHILDREN WEAR NUMBERED DISCS FOR IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES. THE STAFF REPORT THAT THIS GROUP OF CHILDREN, WHO HAVE BEEN IN THE IVORY COAST SINCE MAY, HAVE PARTIALLY RECOVERED PHYSICALLY, BUT MENTALLY, ARE STILL BEWILDERED BY THEIR EXPERIENCES.

    THE NUMBER OF REFUGEE CHILDREN IN THE IVORY COAST IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TO INCREASE. MR HASELMAN HAS BEEN IN THE COUNTRY FOR A WEEK, HAVING DISCUSSIONS WITH THE GOVERNMENT AND OTHER BODIES ON WAYS IN WHICH THE U.N. HIGH COMMISSION COULD HELP THE CAMPS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF1JD3IKMW6T2TUT2TGH8GF2JQ
    Media URN:
    VLVAF1JD3IKMW6T2TUT2TGH8GF2JQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/09/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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