An incredible journey along South West Africa's sun-dried Skeleton Coast ended for two hundred and one Angolan refugees on Wednesday (3 September).
GV & SV convoy of lorries and cars approaching the camp through desert (3 shots)
SV PAN from refugees at gate waving to cars arriving
SV broken down cars arrive on trailer and being towed (2 shots)
SV refugees out of vehicles and talking together (3 shots)
CU woman with her dog cuddling it
LV PAN from desert to refugees tents
LV washing on line between tents
SV young women walking as children play in sand (2 shots)
SV PAN woman doing washing to washing on line
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Background: An incredible journey along South West Africa's sun-dried Skeleton Coast ended for two hundred and one Angolan refugees on Wednesday (3 September). The refugees, all Portuguese, had fled war-torn Angola nine days before and embarked on their seemingly impossible journey aboard a convoy of trucks and cars from the Cunene River border between Angola South West Africa.
There were cheers from refugees already living at the Rooifop refugee Camp in the Nambi Desert when the bedraggled newcomers arrived safe and well. The group was led by Mr. Joao Jardim hundred kilometre trek was going to be they would never have started.
Masterminded by Colonel Koos Myburgh, Chief of the Security Police in South West Africa, and seven of his men, the first three hundred kilometres of the journey traversed waterless, roadless wasteland. Although the later part of the trek was over reasonable roads of impacted salt, it left its aftermath -numerous care and trucks owned by the refugees broke down and were abandoned to the sands.
But the people themselves are well - and, although their future is uncertain - all echoed Colonel Myburgh's words on arrival - "Thank God it's over".