INTRODUCTION: The leader of a United Nations mission to Angola recently estimated that 130,000 people were displaced by the recent South African raids.
GV PAN Refugees in camp.
SV & CU Children lining-up and receiving food. (2 SHOTS)
SV & CU Women washing, children watching. (4 SHOTS)
TV & SV Women drawing water. (2 SHOTS)
SV Women sewing.
CU Baby being weighed other children watching.(3 SHOTS)
LV PAN Tented camp with children singing.
SV PAN FROM Children singing TO Sam Nujoma arriving.
SV PAN Refugees singing.
SV ZOOM INTO CU Men destined to become guerrillas.
CU PAN Nujoma leads children in chant "Namibia & Victory".
CU Nujoma speaking English.
SV Children sing "Namibia our Country."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The leader of a United Nations mission to Angola recently estimated that 130,000 people were displaced by the recent South African raids. This figure does not include the 50,000 Namibians who have fled their country to live in Angola, most in refugee camps.
SYNOPSIS: There are over 35,000 people living in this camp in central Angola, most of whom have fled Namibia because of the South African policies enforced there. Appeals for aid have been made to various organisations for the refugees, the need becoming more desperate since Angola suffered a severe drought.
The camp run by the South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) distribute food received from the United States as part of an aid agreement which began last year.
The SWAPO-run camp has schools, organisations for the women, trade unions and health care. Namibia, however, is a country rich in minerals, but while financial aid is sought for fleeing refugees, the country looks set for a prolonged war with South Africa.
Because of the drought in Angola, water is precious and strictly rationed. Refugee women carry on with their traditional weaving, and day-to-day living. The war in Namibia however, is reaching a critical stage according to Mr. Sam Nujoma, President of SWAPO.
Mr. Nujoma's visit to the camp brought a warm response from the refugees. Children sang to greet his arrival. Mr. Nujoma has already appealed for wider international support and more sophisticated weapons for his organisation, including anti-aircraft missiles following South Africa's invasion of Southern Angola. Mr. Nujoma's headquarters are in Angola's capital of Luanda. SWAPO would accept weapons from any source he said recently, although hitherto its supplies have come from the Eastern bloc and African countries.
Mr. Nujoma has said that any indications that South Africa was ready to agree to the UN settlement plan for Namibia were just manoeuvres to keep Namibia under its grip. They were going ahead with their internal settlement and SWAPO was prepared for a protracted armed struggle. "SWAPO is alive and will go on fighting for freedom", he told the refugees. Mr. Nujoma then led the children in the camp in a chant of "Namibia" and "Victory". The young men in this camp will go back to fight for SWAPO. In his speech to the refuges he reminded them that SWAPO was born inside Namibia. South Africa claimed that SWAPO received help from outside sources but ignored the support it received from within Namibia.
The SWAPO leader told the refugees that the Namibia tribes were united because that was the only way they could win. The children joined with Mr. Nujoma in singing "Namibia, My County".