FOREIGN JOURNALISTS FILM SOLOMONS REFUGEE CAMPS

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, July 16) - A visiting television journalist has predicted that the plight of the Weather Coast refugees now crowding makeshift camps at Titinge Ridge behind Honiara, Aruligo and Malango could attract the interest of the foreign media.

A report from the Constitutional Reform Project office in Honiara said Chaim Litewski of Belgium is leading a United Nations Television team currently in Solomon Islands to film the activities being undertaken in the country under the various projects funded by UN agencies including UNDP.

The report said at the weekend, the team filmed a ceremony at Gold Ridge on Central Guadalcanal marking the demobilization of more than forty Special Constables under a joint Royal Solomon Islands Police and UNDP.

The UN TV-crew had been at Titinge Refugee camp, and yesterday they went back there and filmed a large gathering at a meeting called by the Solomon Islands- Constitutional Reform Project Consultation team touring Guadalcanal.

United Nations Television journalist and producer, Litewski has commented sympathetically about the plight of the Weather Coast refugees saying their situation needed immediate assistance.

He predicted that the large number of foreign media representatives including, radio, television and newspapers who are likely to visit the country to cover the arrival of the international intervention forces would most likely take an interest in the plight of the Weather Coast refugees.

This would certainly be one way of letting charity organizations and aid agencies know of the plight of these people, many of whom are young children.

July 17, 2003

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