Forty wounded guerrillas from Namibia (South-west Africa) have been flown to East Germany for medical treatment.
SV: injured carried from aircraft at Schoenefeld Airport (4 shots)
GV EXTERIOR: city hospital.
SV INTERIOR: nurses prepare medical trollies, lay out instruments. (5 shots)
SV PAN: Doctor watches while nurse prepares hospital bed.
SV: nurse prepares medicine (2 shots)
GV AND SV: goods being unloaded from aircraft and put into truck in Angola. (4 shots)
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Background: Forty wounded guerrillas from Namibia (South-west Africa) have been flown to East Germany for medical treatment. The East German news agency ADN, reported that the guerrillas had been wounded in an attack by South African regular troops on a refugee camp in Angola.
SYNOPSIS: Reports said that the 40 wounded guerrillas were all members of the South-West African People's Organisation (SWAPO). Some of them were seriously wounded when they arrived at the Schoenefeld airport. The ADN news agency said most would receive medical attention in East Germany but some would travel on to Poland for treatment. East Germany has been one of the main donors of aid to Black Nationalist movements in Southern Africa during the past few years and the rescue of these wounded came just after reports by the Sunday Times o London that East German paratroopers were assembling in Angola to spearhead an attack on Namibia.
the ADN news agency said that included among the injured was an 18-year-old girl,Aina Gabriela, who was teaching at a Namibian refugee camp. ADN reported that she was a victim of an attack by the South African army on the camp in Angola in the first week of May this year.
Special medical teams were taken off regular duties at East Berlin's city hospital to tend to the wounded. Reports from Namibia by the Times of London on Friday (14 July) said there was a real chance that the increasingly bloody guerrilla war in the disputed territory would draw to a close. The reports in the Times followed the announcement that SWAPO had agreed to accept the Western proposals for the independence of Namibia. United Nations efforts to get agreement with SWAPO leaders on an election plan and independence were almost halted in May following raids by the South African army on Angolan-based SWAPO camps. A United Nations SWAPO observer claimed at the time that at least 600 Namibians were killed in the incursion and a further 300 wounded.
Meanwhile East Germany continues to provide aid to SWAPO with regular supplies being flown into Angola. SWAPO is both a political movement and a guerrilla force and is officially recognised by the United Nations as representing the Namibian people. The independence plan for Namibia now has to go to the United Nations Security Council for approval. Reports say that in spite of Soviet and Eastern bloc reservations the plan is expected to have an easy passage through the Council because it has black African support.