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Asia / Tsunami / Relief Effort #775824

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 04, 2005
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(Banda Aceh: Brian Williams) 2 minor earthquakes in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, on the 9th day after the tsunami in the Indian Ocean reported; death toll cited.

(Galle, Sri Lanka: Ned Colt) The relief effort in the disaster zone featured; details given of a delay in aid delivery after an incident involving a plane & a cow at the Banda Aceh airport and other logistical problems, and of the fear of child trafficking; scenes shown of the crippled plane & relief ships at sea; aerial scenes shown of Sumatra; photo shown of missing 12-year-old Christian Walker. [U.N. emergency relief coordinator Jan EGELAND†- lists needs.] [U.N. World Food Programme Mike HUGGINS†- says we are reaching the people.]

(Banda Aceh: Brian Williams) Satellite photos shown of Banda Aceh before & after the tsunami. The devastation in Banda Aceh featured; scenes shown of rubble, grounded boats, corpses being slung into trucks. [Survivor “ASARI‡”- worries about his missing sister.]

(Miami: Kerry Sanders) A Listening Post report on views of the disaster in the Arab world presented; details given of accusations that US nuclear testing caused the earthquake that triggered the tsunami; newspapers & online forums quoted; excerpt shown of an interview with a Saudi Arabian professor who claims the tsunami was retribution for sexual perversion; relief pledges from oil-rich nations cited. [NBC News Middle East expert Walid PHARES†- comments on fundamentalists’ beliefs.] [“Al Quds” editor Abdel Bari ATWAN†- comments on donations from Muslim nations.]

(Banda Aceh: Brian Williams) A bow-and-arrow attack on a relief helicopter flying over the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, signifying that island residents, members of ancient Indian tribes, are alive, reported.

Williams, Brian;
Colt, Ned;
Sanders, Kerry

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