- Title: SIERRA LEONE: FOOD SCARCE AFTER FREETOWN FIGHTING.
- Date: 19th February 1998
- Summary: FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE (FEBRUARY 15, 1998) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV: STREET SCENE (2 SHOTS) 0.09 2. GV/MV: CROWD WATCHING SOLDIERS RECOVERING ARMS AND GUNS (2 SHOTS) 0.18 3. CU/GV/MV: ECOMOG COLONEL LAPAY SAYING DEMOCRACY IS RESTORED (ENGLISH)/ SOLDIERS CELEBRATING AT NIGHT; SHOOTING IN THE AIR (3 SHOTS) 0.45 FEBRUARY 16 4. MV: BODY IN HOUSE; GRIEVING RELATIVES 0.49 5. GV: MORE WEAPONS HANDED OVER TO POLICE 0.57 6. GV: MEN HANDCUFFED AND LAYING ON GROUND (2 SHOTS) 1.04 7. GV: DEAD BODY LAYING IN STREET 1.07 8. MV: ECOMOG SOLDIERS SEARCHING PEOPLE ON STREET 1.11 9. GV: STREET SCENE 1.15 10. GV: YOUNG PEOPLE CELEBRATING ON STREET 1.25 11. GV/MV/CU: WOUNDED AT HOSPITAL (5 SHOTS) 1.45 FEBRUARY 16 12. GV: ECOMOG HELICOPTER LANDING 1.48 13. MV/GV: ECOMOG FORCE COMMANDER MAJOR GENERAL TIMOTHY SHELPIDI COMING OUT. GREETING PEOPLE, WALKING TO VARIOUS SITES WHERE WEAPONS HAVE BEEN HELD (4 SHOTS) 2.15 14. MV: PEOPLE APPLAUDING AND SAYING WE ARE HAPPY, GOD BLESS ABACHA, GOD BLESS NIGERIA (2 SHOTS) 2.25 FEBRUARY 17 15. MV: NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES; PEOPLE BUYING AND READING NEWSPAPERS (2 SHOTS) 2.35 16. GV/PAN: CONFISCATED WEAPONS (2 SHOTS) 2.47 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE
- Country: AFRICA Sierra Leone
- Duration: 00:02:48
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- Story Text: Food is scarce in Freetown after the fighting last week that ended with the West African ECOMOG force overrunning forces loyal to Sierra Leone's military junta.
Nigerian-led peacekeepers who ousted Sierra Leone's army junta brought more districts of Freetown under their control between Sunday (February 15) and Tuesday, but the capital remained largely tense and precarious.
The centre of Freetown was relatively calm after heavy overnight firing that followed the entry of ECOMOG troops.
However, sporadic shooting could be heard in eastern districts as ECOMOG pursued junta soldiers and their former rebel allies.
There was however some hope for an estimated 500,000 starving civilians trapped by the fighting.The World Food Programme (WFP) said it was loading a ship in Liberia with 580 tonnes of food which should have landed in Freetown by Wednesday.
There was little official reaction in West Africa to the apparent success of the unprecedented regional move to reinstate Sierra Leone's elected government toppled by soldiers in May.
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