G.Mennen Williams...Assistant U-S Secretary of State for African Affairs...has ended a five-day four of Algeria.He?
LS Williams at airport
CU Williams at airport
LS Crowd lining street
MS & CU Williams shaking hands with people
MS Ben Bella and Williams talking to press
CU Ben Bella speaking
MS Williams speaking
LS Group walking towards village
MS Williams walking through village
Group walking through forest - 2 shots
Men working in forest
MS 2 men sawing a log
MS Group walking by men working
MS Group of Algerians listening to Williams
MS Williams speaking to group
CU People applauding
MLS Williams digging hole and planting new tree
Williams off airplane; Williams shaking hands with people; Williams and Ben Bella; Williams at village under reconstruction; Williams and party in forest; work in forest; Williams talking to Algerians, and finally, Williams planting new tree.
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Background: G.Mennen Williams...Assistant U-S Secretary of State for African Affairs...has ended a five-day four of Algeria.He promised Premier Ben Bella more technical and material aid from the United States to help restore Algerian agriculture...laid waste by seven years of war.
Williams took the direct approach in seeking to assure Algerians that the United States is concerned about them and their country's economic plight.Independence from France left Algeria sapped by its industrial, commercial and agricultural strength.
In eastern Algeria...Williams and his party inspected a new village being built near Batna...in a region where the war was most violent.It is where rebuilding is most urgent.As part of rehabilitating the area...burned out forests are being replanted and five million acres of land are under cultivation.Algerians working on the project are paid in food.
Williams gave them talks to boost their morale, answering their complaints.He took pictures to record the visit.And then the former Governor of the State of Michigan...in America's Mid-west...compared the project to conservation work back home..and planted a tree himself.