• Short Summary

    In Rhodesia, news has just emerged of the burning and looting of one of the country's main hospitals.

  • Description

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    GV Hospital buildings gutted by fire (three shots)
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    GV Building with signs
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    GV PAN Gutted buildings and debris (three shots)
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    GV Gutted hospital ward. (two shots)
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    SV PAN Magazine on floor ZOOM into headline on magazine.
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    GV Gutted buildings and debris (six shots)
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    Bushes in flower and long grass near gutted buildings. (two shots)
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    The story of the destruction of St. Paul's began on 9 August last year. It was then that alleged guerrillas attacked and killed a doctor and a white nun. A reported 40,000 tribesmen were left without medical care, as the remaining European medical staff were pulled out.




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    Background: In Rhodesia, news has just emerged of the burning and looting of one of the country's main hospitals. The incident, one of the most violent acts of destruction to take place in Rhodesia in recent times, occurred in February, when for five days 1000 black tribesmen ran amok. Roman Catholic Church officials, missionaries and local police are at a loss to explain the rampage, which reduced St. Paul's Mission School and Hospital near Lupane to a wasted ruin.

    SYNOPSIS: The modern 140-bed hospital, church and school complex, covering 70 acres (28 hectares) and worth at least 500,000 U.S. dollars, was literally torn apart by the people it had served for 18 years. Black Nationalist guerrillas were not to blame, and Rhodesian police said the guerrilla leaders had in fact beaten 49 suspected ringleaders for wrecking a hospital valuable to the area.

    Although St. Paul's was sacked in February, not news of its destruction had travelled beyond the immediate area. The destruction has sent ripples of alarm through Rhodesia's small community. West German Doctor Joanna Davis, now in charge of medical mission work at nearby St. Luke's said she could only think that some form of madness had come over the people involved.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC5BBXDC38EVTBQ80JT5373UYI
    Media URN:
    VLVAC5BBXDC38EVTBQ80JT5373UYI
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/04/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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