• Short Summary

    In Uganda, Tanzanian forces pursuing the troops for former President Idi Amin are discovering further victims of savagery.

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    CU Station nameboard at Soroti, Uganda.
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    2.
    SV Ugandan men, women and children standing on platform.
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    3.
    CU ZOOM OUT FROM Train TO people on platform.
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    4.
    SV INT Bullet holes and wreckage inside train.
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    SV Crowd looking through train window
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    SV Mass grave being guarded by Tanzanian troops.
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    CU PAN Mass grave.
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    8.
    CU Flight Lieutenant Joseph Obonyo, tanzanian officer, speaking in English to reporter.
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    GV Body remains near mass grave. (4 SHOTS)
    2.06


    OBONYO: "The grave is so deep that people have been piled down, they have been piled down in this grave, right down. They are being forced right down in the grave, so we estimate that because people were just being pumped in, I mean forced in, and that when you kill, you kill another one; they dump them there."



    Diplomatic sources reported that ousted President Amin has been visiting Libya and Iraq in an attempt to rally support and procure arms for a last stand in the West Nile Province. One jet aircraft in the Ugandan fleet is still unaccounted for and it is not known whether Amin has returned to the West Nile. The resistance in the north has led to fears for the safety of several hundred missionaries in the north.




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    Background: In Uganda, Tanzanian forces pursuing the troops for former President Idi Amin are discovering further victims of savagery.

    SYNOPSIS: The latest discovery came this week at Soroti, a northern town at the edge of Idi Amin's native region. These people on the platform at soroti's railway station fled when Amin's soldiers passed through the town. Now they have returned to the scene of a massacre.

    This train is now known as the "Train of Death". Eyewitnesses say Amin's troops ambushed these carriages, began beating and shotting the passengers, then dragged them outside.

    The massacre was revealed when Tanzanian soldiers took the town after meeting unexpected resistance last Friday (4 May). On Tuesday (8 May) they found the victims' mass grave. It has been difficult to reach an accurate total of the dead, because of the state of the bodies, but it is estimated the grave contains at least two hundred. Tanzanian officer Flight Lieutenant Joseph Obonyo, a Ugandan exile, explains the problem..
    Lieutenant Obonyo said children as young as three years old were among the dead. the bodies were either naked or in civilian clothes. Some were stabbed.

    Soroti residents have said that Amin's soldiers and secret police grew increasingly vengeful as it became clear their reign was ending. Now the pro-Amin troops are thought to be gathered in pockets of resistance in the Western Nile region of northern Uganda.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4F3E74RAN57T70FGOHSXINXEV
    Media URN:
    VLVA4F3E74RAN57T70FGOHSXINXEV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/05/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
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    N/A

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