More than a thousand refugees from Portuguese Timor arrived aboard the Norwegian freighter Lloyd Bakke in Darwin on Monday (25 August).
GV Lloyd Bakke being escorted into Darwin Harbour (5 shots).
SV Officials waiting at quayside.
LV Refugees on ship
SV Small boy being carried to ambulance.
SV Sick person on stretcher
CU Man being interviewed
CU Woman speaks.
TRANSCRIPT: LESLIE: "The end of the mercy mission came about two o'clock Darwin time climaxing a thirty-six hour ocean voyage from Dili followed by a long and painful wait for the eleven hundred refugees in Darwin harbour. To add to the delay there were no tugs. Darwin Harbour has none. The Norwegian freighter came under her own steam. And close enough to the wharf where opens were thrown and engines drop all to allow the ship to edge slowly into its berth. On board, exhausted faces lined the railing. Some, even despite their ordeal, still excited enough to smile and wave. It was a mixed group --??? Portuguese, Timorese and people of mixed blood, brought together in a common plight. Then a full six hours after the Lloyd Bakke had dropped anchor, things started to happen. But only for a handful. The first to come ashore were the sick and injured. They were ferried by police launch to waiting ambulances. It was the that I managed to get the first, if not disjoined account of the evacuation. Amongst the first off was a Timorese man, his wife and family."
MAN: "In Timor .. the people .. they suffer."
WIFE: "My father, seventy one years, and my sister, and older sister, seventeen and fort seven years .. (indistinct) .. my son won't come, my sister .. (indistinct) .. my brother."
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Background: More than a thousand refugees from Portuguese Timor arrived aboard the Norwegian freighter Lloyd Bakke in Darwin on Monday (25 August).
Many of the refugees had left relatives in Timor, which has been in a state of civil war for the past week.
After the long trip to Darwin, the refuges were forced to wait aboard the 9000-ton ship for six hours before the first of them - the sick and injured - were brought ashore.
Seven were taken to hospital with wounds from grenade blasts.
The Australian Government has said that between 100 and 250 of the 1,170 brought into Darwin on the Lloyd Bakke will be allowed to stay in the country.
Some of the refugees spoke to reporters after being allowed ashore. They said they didn't know what had happened to their families and friends back on Timor.
The captain of the ship, Captain Arvid Hoiberg said refugees had told him the streets of Dili were littered with bodies.
As the ship was loading refugees he had heard shooting and grenades exploding in the streets of the capital, he said.
(This film includes reporter, Ian Leslie's commentary and interviews with a Timorese man and his wife. A transcript is provided on Page Two.)