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    EVIDENCES OF DAMAGE FROM AERIAL BOMBING ARE FREQUENT SIGHTS IN THE BREAKAWAY STATE OF BIAFRA.?

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    BOMB DAMAGED HOUSE; BOMB-DAMAGED MARKET PLACE; WOMEN CARRYING PRODUCE TO MARKET; WOMEN WITH BOWLS OF PRODUCE; POTS AND CHINA FOR SALE IN STREET; PEOPLE ENTER RESTAURANT; SIGNS; VILLAGE STREET.




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    OUR PROD. NO. 9691/A/68 "EFFORTS TO COLLECT AND FEED REFUGEES UNDERWAY", SERVICED 27 SEPTEMBER, AND 9691/B/68 "BIAFRAN ARMY RECRUITS AND OFFICERS CADETS TRAIN AS FEDERAL NIGERIAN FORCES CLOSE IN", SERVICED 28 SEPTEMBER, ALSO REFER.

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    Background: EVIDENCES OF DAMAGE FROM AERIAL BOMBING ARE FREQUENT SIGHTS IN THE BREAKAWAY STATE OF BIAFRA. WITH FEDERAL NIGERIAN FORCES WHITTLING AWAY EVEN MORE TERRITORY, FOOD BECOMES SCARCER AND MORE EXPENSIVE. NEVERTHELESS, ASPECTS OF BIAFRAN MORALE ARE HIGH.

    IN THE BIAFRAN TOWN OF OLU, A NUMBER OF HOUSES WERE BOMBED BY FEDERAL NIGERIAN FORCES. YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) AT LEAST 31 PEOPLE WERE REPORTED KILLED AND 50 WOUNDED, MOST OF THEM CRITICALLY, WHEN A FEDERAL NIGERIAN JET AIRCRAFT ROCKETED THE HEADQUARTER TOWN OF UMUAHIA. THE RAID, THE THIRD WITHIN A WEEK, WRECKED SEVERAL BUILDINGS IN THE HEART OF THE TOWN.

    THE CENTRAL MARKET OF OLU WAS ALSO HEAVILY BOMBED RECENTLY, KILLING MANY PEOPLE.

    ALTHOUGH IT WAS DAMAGED, THE OLU MARKET STILL MANAGES TO FUNCTION WITH WHAT FOODSTUFFS THAT CAN BE OBTAINED. ONE OF THE MORE READILY ACCESSIBLE CROPS ARE YAMS, A VEGETABLE SIMILAR TO POTATOES. THE YAMS ARE BEING HARVESTED EARLY THIS YEAR FOR FEAR OF FEDERAL FORCES ADVANCING AND TAKING THE CROPS. THE YAMS ARE NORMALLY HARVESTED IN NOVEMBER TO DECEMBER. OTHER PRODUCTS FOR SALE ARE BEANS, FRUITS, POTS AND OTHER UTENSILS NOW REDUNDANT BECAUSE OF FOOD SHORTAGES. AT MANY BIAFRAN MARKETS, BECAUSE OF THE SCARCITY OF PRODUCE, THE PRICE OF FOOD INCREASES AT AN AVERAGE OF 10% PER DAY.

    BIAFRAN MORALE, HOWEVER, IS STILL HIGH. IN THE TOWN OF NKWERE, A NUMBER OF "HOTELS" AND "RESTAURANTS" HAVE SPRUNG UP. ONE, THE "WHY WORRY WARTIME RESTAURANT" IS DOING GOOD BUSINESS. SO TOO, IS "THE POPULAR ZAMBIA INN". OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS ARE THE "BIG WAY HOTEL" AND "THE AMBASSADOR HOTEL AND BAR", WHICH BOASTS 'CENTRAL HYGIENE'.

    ALTHOUGH THE BIAFRANS LOST MORE GROUND ON SEPTEMBER 20, INCLUDING THEIR SUPPLY AIRSTRIP AT OBILAGU, THE BIAFRAN LEADER, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ODUMEGWU OJUKWU, QUASHED RUMOURS OF A BIAFRAN SURRENDER. SPEAKING BEFORE THE CONSULTATIVE ASSEMBLY AND COUNCIL OF CHIEFS LAST WEDNESDAY (25 SEPTEMBER) LT-COL. OJUKWU SAID THE WAR WAS JUST BEGINNING. HE SAID THAT "OUR TROOPS ARE POISED FOR A HARDER FIGHT". HE WENT ON TO SAY THAT BIAFRA'S "IMPROVED MILITARY SITUATION, DESPITE RECENT SETBACKS, RULED OUT ANY CONSIDERATION OF SURRENDER."

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    Film ID:
    VLVACCQ1G39G6CJSAJC7Q44X3H0XF
    Media URN:
    VLVACCQ1G39G6CJSAJC7Q44X3H0XF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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