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    BENIN/TOGO BORDER, AND COTONOU, BENIN

    At the Benin border with Togo, thousands of Ghanaians expelled from Nigeria gathered to wait for permission to continue their journey home.

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    (FABRE) BENIN:
    1. GV & PAN Long queue of refugees waiting at Benin's border with Togo 0.10
    2. SV & GV truck of people waiting at border (2 shots) 0.17
    3. SV Border sign. PULL BACK Refugees crossing border 0.23
    4. GV Hundreds of people waiting in border queue (5 shots) 0.45
    5. GV AND PAN Refugees in queues with trucks, vans and carts 0.56
    6. GV First aid tent at border 1.00
    7. SV Group of refugees at counter waiting for medical attention (2 shots) 1.03
    8. SV Refugee treated for sore heels 1.08
    9. SV Man lying on ground, surrounded by refugees 1.13
    10. SV PULL BACK Group of people waiting on back of truck 1.21
    11. GV Soldiers marshal refugees 1.25
    12. GVs Cars and refugees cross border point (2 shots) 1.38
    13. GV AND PAN Hundreds of refugees at border point 1.54
    (AMETOZION) TOGO:
    14. SV & PAN Flags and Togo customs post 2.00
    15. GV AND PAN Groups of refugees wait to enter Togo 2.14
    16. GV Groups of refugees waiting (2 shots) 2.40
    (BBC) COTONOU, BENIN:
    17. GV & PAN Ship leaves harbour as refugees queue at quay (2 shots) 3.01
    18. SV Soldiers organise refugees in docks (2 shots) 3.17
    19. GV PULL BACK LV Refugees waiting at dockside 3.25
    InitialsCC/BB


    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: BENIN/TOGO BORDER, AND COTONOU, BENIN

    At the Benin border with Togo, thousands of Ghanaians expelled from Nigeria gathered to wait for permission to continue their journey home. By January 27, up to 30,000 refugees had arrived at the border crossing point, making their way by foot, or by trucks and carts. An estimated two million immigrants had been told to leave Nigeria before January 31, including about one million Ghanaians. As the refugees waited at the border points, they set up impromptu camps in the long queues. First aid points were established. Many refugees had been charged up to four times the usual price for bus and taxi fares and some had apparently been attacked and robbed on their way out of Nigeria. Reuters reported that some refugees, including pregnant women, arrived in Accra suffering from malaria and some had received gunshot wounds. President Shehu Shagari of Nigeria denied reports of maltreatment of refugees while on a visit to India. The expulsion order caused chaos in the region, and the small police and armed forces of Togo and Benin were at full stretch to maintain order at the crossing points. Many of the refugees had little or no money and food was in short supply. The Red Cross appealed for blankets and tents to keep the refugees warm as they waited to continue their journey. At Cotonou port, several thousand refugees were camping on the dockside in the hope that they would be able to board a ship back to Ghana. There were no enough ships to carry them all, and accordingly the authorities have allowed the refugees to remain in the harbour. Observers from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) had been sent to Benin to report on conditions there.

    Source: REUTERS - FREDERIC FABRE, A.F. AMETOZION & BBC

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5O2MCN0F3T7ISN7XCWOD0294W
    Media URN:
    VLVA5O2MCN0F3T7ISN7XCWOD0294W
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/01/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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