When refugees from the earthquake-smashed Nicaragua capital of Managua arrived in the town of Masaya, they had trouble getting food.
GV Refugees in market, food for rele(4 shots)
SCU Injured man
SCU Baby in crib as mother tends it
SV & GVs Helicopters with food (4 shots)
GV Refugees wait for food
SV Villagers (2 shots)
GV Soldier throws marker flare for helicopter to land (3 shots)
SV & SCU Villagers
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SVs & CUs Villagers getting food (6 shots)
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Background: When refugees from the earthquake-smashed Nicaragua capital of Managua arrived in the town of Masaya, they had trouble getting food.
It wasn't that food supplies in the town were short: but even the staples, like beans, rice and sugar, were too expensive for the refugees.
All this has changed because of a combined operation at an international level.
Now, beans from Mexico, milk from Holland and sugar from Cuba are among foodstuffs being airlifted into the town by U.S. military helicopters.
SYNOPSIS: When the Nicaraguan capital, Managua, was evacuated after last month's devastating earthquakes, one-hundred-thousand refugees descended on the town of Masaya. Some were injured and sick; families had few possessions; and money was scarce. There was plenty of food in the market, but it was too expensive for most refugees. So they went hungry.
Now all that has changed. Helicopters of the United States First Cavalry Division -- which used to fight in Vietnam -- are ferrying in emergency food supplies.
Four Chinook helicopters are being used in the operation. They can carry ten thousand pounds of food every flight... and that adds up to something like one hundred tons a day. It is a working example of international co-operation.
Among the foodstuffs being supplied to Masaya's refugee population are beans from Mexico, milk from holland and ??? from Cuba But more food is needed in Masaya and indeed in many parts of the country. The National leader general Somoza says Nicaragua lost forty per cent of its national product because of the earthquake. He asked the world to keep sending aid and food until next September, when the heaviest is due.