Nine thousand tons of Canadian flour, a gift to Palestine refugees, arrived in Beirut June 18 - and VISNEWS filmed as the grain was unloaded form the Norwegian cargo ship "Haugesund".
LV. Wheat unloaded form ship.
SV. Loaded onto lorry.
SV. Taken from hold of ship.
STV. Lowered onto ground.
SCU. Canadian ambassador.
CU. Flag on car.
SCU. Canadian Ambassador talks to Norwegian Ambassador.
SV. Lorry carries wheat away.
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Background: Nine thousand tons of Canadian flour, a gift to Palestine refugees, arrived in Beirut June 18 - and VISNEWS filmed as the grain was unloaded form the Norwegian cargo ship "Haugesund".
Canadian Ambassador to the Lebanon, Paul Beaulieu; Norwegian Ambassador; Director of UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) Dr. John Davis, and Mr. George Haimary, Lebanese representative for Palestine Refugees, watched as the cargo arrived. Later they boarded the "Haugesund" to celebrate the occasion.
Canadian Ambassador Beaulieu pointed out that the gift (final consignment of a million bushels will follow later) coincided with the start of World Refugee Year.
"It is significant," he said, "that this gift of flour should have arrived in the Middle East, where a million Arab refugees in Lebanon, the U.A.R. and Jordan are assisted by an international organization. Let us hope that World Refugee Year will bring some alleviation to the problems of these and other unfortunate people."
Canada has been a regular contributor to UNWRA, donating 500,000 dollars in material aid each year.