Poland faces a hard, bleak winter with consumes lining-up for basic essentials as the economy lurches deeper into crisis.
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5. GV EXTERIOR Holy Trinity Church, Warsaw 1.02
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7. GV PAN Hoza Street, Warsaw 1.31
8. SV INTERIOR Supplies being delivered to old woman (2 shots) 1.50
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Background: WARSAW, POLAND
Poland faces a hard, bleak winter with consumes lining-up for basic essentials as the economy lurches deeper into crisis. The leader of Rural Solidarity Jan Kulaj warned of famine this winter and an even greater economic disaster over the next few years. To help alleviate the situation relief agencies have been sending much-needed supplies to Poland. Among them is a church organisation which has launched a programme called "Churches Help Churches". It is organised by International World Vision in Stuttgart, West Germany, in cooperation with the Church World Service in Geneva.
SYNOPSIS: As this truck pulls into the centre of the Polish Ecumenical Council in Warsaw workers prepare to unload the supplies.
The council is made up of eight churches including Evangelical, Catholics and Orthodox faiths. The cartons of supplies are transferred from the truck to vans of the eight churches. This consignment contains Christmas gifts for individuals and supplies of food to the 12 relief homes run by the respective churches. There is food for old people and babies, washing materials and Christmas gifts for children. The situation is so bad in the Polish capital that shopkeepers short of provisions are facing increasing violence from disappointed shoppers who wait for hours to buy what is not there, or reach the door just on closing time.
These supplies are therefore invaluable and will go to those who find it difficult to line-up for hours.
Six days late and more supplies arrive. This time at the Holy Trinity Church which serves the Protestant community of some four thousand people. The Rector of the Parish says the food will go to single parent families, the poor, the old and the sick. More than 70 packages weighing a total of 700 kilograms (1,540 pounds) were distributed. ???oza Street, Warsaw. For eighty-four year-old widow Filipina Bozen living alone Christmas looked like being miserable this year. The package of relief supplies makes a big difference. But, according to relief workers, there is still a great deal to be done as Poland faces a winter of continuing crisis and shortages.