• Short Summary

    NATIONWIDE CAMPAIGNS ARE TO BE LAUNCHED IN SIXTEEN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES ON UNITED NATIONS DAY, 1966 - 24 OCTOBER TO RAISE MONEY FOR REFUGEE WORK THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

  • Description

    NATIONWIDE CAMPAIGNS ARE TO BE LAUNCHED IN SIXTEEN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES ON UNITED NATIONS DAY, 1966 - 24 OCTOBER TO RAISE MONEY FOR REFUGEE WORK THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. OF THE WORLD'S 15 MILLION REFUGEES, 500,000 OF THEM ARE IN CENTRAL, EAST AND WEST AFRICA. UNITED NATIONS AID PROGRAMMES ARE NOW OPERATING IN EIGHT AFRICAN COUNTRIES, INCLUDING TANZANIA, WHERE THIS FILM WAS TAKEN RECENTLY.

    SIX YEARS AGO, HUNDREDS OF REFUGEES FLED FROM RWANDA TO CONGO (KINSHASA), WHERE THEY STAYED UNTIL 1964. THEN, BECAUSE OF THE MILITARY SITUATION THERE, THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSION FOR REFUGEES WAS ASKED TO FIND ASYLUM FOR THEM OUTSIDE THE CONGO.

    THE TANZANIAN GOVERNMENT OFFERED LAND TO ALL WHO WISHED TO GO TO TANZANIA, AND JOINT OPERATION WAS STARTED BY THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSION, THE TANZANIAN GOVERNMENT AND THE LUTHERAN WORLD FEDERATION, ACTING ON BEHALF OF THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES.

    THE GROUPS OF REFUGEES ASSEMBLED IN THE CONGO PORT OF BUKAVU, ON LAKE KIVU. FROM THERE THEY WERE TAKEN TO GOMA ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LAKE. BECAUSE OF THE POLITICAL SITUATION. IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO TRAVEL OVERLAND ON THE NEXT STAGE OF THEIR JOURNEY, SO ARRANGEMENTS WERE MADE FOR THE REFUGEES TO BE FLOWN FROM GOMA TO TABORA, IN CENTRAL TANZANIA.

    THEN FOLLOWED A TRAIN TRIP TO MPANDA, THE TERMINUS NEAREST TO THE MWESI HIGHLANDS - THEIR ULTIMATE DESTINATION. THE BOAT TRIP FOR THE REFUGEES TOOK PART OF THE AFTERNOON AND THE WHOLE OF THE NIGHT; THEIR FLIGHT LASTED TWO AND A HALF HOURS; THEIR TRAIN JOURNEY A FULL DAY AND NIGHT; AND, FINALLY, FROM MPANDA TO THEIR SETTLEMENT SITE IN THE HIGHLANDS, A RIDE BY LORRY OF BETWEEN EIGHT AND TEN HOURS. IT WAS A JOURNEY THAT HAD BEEN TIRING IN THE EXTREME, PARTICULARLY FOR THE OLDER PEOPLE, BUT ON THE WHOLE ALL ARRIVED IN GOOD HEALTH AND IN GOOD SPIRITS.

    BEFORE THE REFUGEES ARRIVED IN THE HIGHLANDS, LOCAL PEOPLE - MEMBERS OF A TRIBE WHO HAD GONE THERE FROM KENYA MANY YEARS AGO - HAD SET TO WORK UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF A TANZANIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL TO CLEAR THE LAND AND BUILD TEMPORARY DWELLINGS.

    THE LOCAL PEOPLE LOOKED FORWARD TO THE ARRIVAL OF THE REFUGEES, FOR TO THEM IT MEANT BETTER COMMUNICATIONS, A MORE INTENSE COMMUNITY LIFE AND GREATER PROSPERITY.

    TODAY, THEIR FLIGHT FROM RWANDA, THEIR DEPARTURE FROM THE CONGO, THEIR TRIPS BY WATER, LAND AND AIR, ARE NO MORE THAN A MEMORY. REALITY NOW IS LIFE IN MWESI. THEY ARE WELL - ESTABLISHED - AND RECENTLY THERE WAS A DAY OF REJOICING IN THE HIGHLANDS AT THE FIRST WEDDING IN THE SETTLEMENT. THE VILLAGERS ASSEMBLED TO DANCE IN HONOUR OF THE BRIDE, THE GROOM AND THEIR FAMILIES - TO DANCE, TOO, FOR THEIR OWN CELEBRATION, FOR THEY WERE NO LONGER REFUGEES, BUT MEMBERS OF A SETTLED COMMUNITY IN THE MWESI HIGHLANDS OF TANZANIA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAIDP9IB4YE5L33BQYBGJQP5TK
    Media URN:
    VLVAIDP9IB4YE5L33BQYBGJQP5TK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/10/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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