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Zaire Conflict #53953

ABC Evening News for Monday, May 22, 1978
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(Studio) Safety of most wts. from embattled areas of Zaire noted. Upcoming reports outlined; warning given with regard to unpleasant scenes include in reports
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Studio) Description of fighting in Shaba prov. by wts. evacuated from area given; chgs. that killing of Europeans was done by Zairian troops as well as Katangese rebels noted. President Mobutu's denial of own troops' role in killings and orders to halt contact between his diplomats and Belgian foreign minister reported Zairian President's alleged anger at Belgians for suggesting attempt to contact rebels to head off massacre of wts. stated.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Kolwezi, Zaire) Conditions in Kolwezi in aftermath of fighting between rebels and Zairian and French forces described. Survival of American Bill Starkey after being shot by rebels reported [STARKEY - offered no resistance to rebels, yet was treated as animal. Says rebels seemed to have no regard for human life.] Reports of looting in city, include participation of French For. Legion and Zairian troops, noted. Also stated is report that rebels took with them number of French technicians into Zambia, then into Angola. Conditions of former hostages described.
REPORTER: Howard Tuckner

(Studio) Report is on stories being told by evacuees as they reach European airports.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Brussels, Belgium) Arrivals of refugees in Brussels, Paris, Rome, Athens and London noted; situation of many in having all possessions with them stated. [MAN - tells of refugees being shot attempting to get on planes.] Statement of man who reached Paris that he believes Cubans led rebels detailed; another theory, that rebels were Katangese speaking Portugese from having lived and fought for years with guerrillas from Portugese-speaking Angola cited. Situation for families of refugees, waiting for word of them, described; survivor's remarks about being hostage of rebels quoted. [2nd MAN - thinks rebels will have no mercy, judging from things he saw during 7 days in Kolwezi.]
REPORTER: Greg Dobbs

(Studio) Remaining question of what, if any, role Cubans played in invasion noted. Claims of Zaire government and some hostages that Cubans were in Zaire and Fidel Castro's repeated denials of this, from Havana, reported.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Dobbs, Greg;
Jennings, Peter;
Reasoner, Harry;
Tuckner, Howard

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