• Short Summary

    INTRODUCTION: Moslems and Christians walked through the pouring rain together in Beirut on Thursday (19 November).

  • Description

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    SV Children's groups and boy scouts marching behind Lebanese flag
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    CU Mother holding baby and flag
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    SV Youths march past
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    SCU ZOOM IN AND PAN TO LV Cross and crescent placard with bullet holes. Youth contingent marching past
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    SV Youth groups marching past
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    LV ZOOM IN Girl guides parading past heavily damaged children's hospital
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    7.
    LV PAN Sandbags around columns of damaged museum
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    8.
    SV PULL BACK TO LV Children wearing angel costume and carrying doves march past hospital (2 shots)
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    Background: INTRODUCTION: Moslems and Christians walked through the pouring rain together in Beirut on Thursday (19 November). The occasion was the annual procession to mark Lebanon's "Flag Day". The procession, which was several hundred strong, marched through the "green line" area of central Beirut which divides the Moslem and Christian areas of the city.

    SYNOPSIS: For once it was a peaceful story from Beirut, Local boy scouts, mothers and babies joined in the procession through one of the heaviest shelled parts of one of the most strife-torn capitals of the world.

    It was a rare moment of unity. Every building in the area has been damaged by repeated shelling.

    This cross and crescent placard sums up the dilemma. A symbol of peace between the warring Moslem and Christian sides it is riddled with bullet holes. The march precedes Lebanon's Independence Day on Sunday (22 November).

    There have been many peace plans in the past but all have ended in failure. The green-line area has been particularly heavily hit. Hardly any buildings have escaped damage. There have been more than 100 recorded ceasefires between the warring factions in Beirut over the past five years but all have ended in failure. These Girl Guides are parading past the heavily damaged children's hospital. There are also sandbags around the museum. Despite the rain students and civil defence workers joined the youth groups in the procession. These small girls wearing appropriate costumes and carrying doves -- the symbol of peace -- brought a little relief to the violent world of power politics.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1J63IVQYCELJS4KXL6ULXTIC6
    Media URN:
    VLVA1J63IVQYCELJS4KXL6ULXTIC6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/11/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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