The Italian ship, "Amanda", which left Genova early last month fully laden with aid for the people of Southern Africa, has arrived in Mozambique.
GV: The solidarity ship "Amanda" approaching Muputo port, Mozambique
SV AND CU: Traditional dancers on quayside as ship approaches (2 shots)
SV: Pilot vessel stands by
CU: Ship crew ties up ship to wharf
SV: Slogan (in Italian) "Nave Della Solidarieta Italiana per I Popoli del Africa Australe" and Italian flag. (2 shots)
GV: "Amanda" tied up at wharf
LV: Superstructure of ship
SV: Mozambique's Minister of Information, Luis Jose Cabaco, (bearded) precedes Zimbabwe labour minister, Mr Kumbirai Kangai, and Italian solidarity committee leader, Sr. Songini, onto ship and talks with officials on board. (2 shots)
SV: Ambulance off-loaded from ship
GV AND CU: Tractors on quayside (2 shots)
GV AND CU: INTERIOR: (left to right) Soncini, Cabaco, and Kangai, seated at news conference
CU: Mr Kangai speaking in English
KANGAI:"We have in Zimbabwe about a million people who are destitute. There is a group of displaced people who are in urban areas. They ran away from rural areas because of the war. There is also more than half a million people who are looked up in the so-called protected villages reminiscent of the Vietnam hamlet. Then we have the returnees, those who are returning from the neighbouring countries, Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana, who were there as refugees. All these together make up a million people, all of whom, as I say, are destitute. But the material assistance from the people of Italy will go a long way in assisting our destitute people."
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Background: The Italian ship, "Amanda", which left Genova early last month fully laden with aid for the people of Southern Africa, has arrived in Mozambique. The "Amanda"'s cargo was provided by Italy's National Solidarity Committee representing political parties, trade union federations, and aid organisations.
SYNOPSIS: The "Amanda's" departure from Italy early last month was planned to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa.
Her arrival in the Mozambique's Muputo Port is seen by the National Solidarity Committee as a token of support for Southern Africa's struggle against racism from the Italian people.
The project also carried with it the wider aim of promoting peaceful co-existence among all the countries.
The slogan "The Italian Ship of Solidarity for the people of Southern Africa" carried the message to those who watched the ship berth.
African government officials met the ship on her arrival. First on board... Mozambique's Information Minister, Luis Jose Cabaco, followed by Zimbabwe's Labour Minister, Kumbirai Kangai. The Solidarity Committee leader, Giuseppe Soncini, joined the ministers for discussions on board.
The aid itself covers includes hospital equipment, including six ambulances, agricultural machinery, prefabricated schools, clothing and food.
A twenty-vehicle tractor fleet is part of the agricultural assistance.
With all the equipment unloaded, Zimbabwe's Labour Minister, Mr Kangai spoke to a news conference.