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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 28-THS I.ETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, April 18, 1974 Legendary 4blue men' of the Sahara die fleeing famine zone CAMP LAZARET, Niger (AP) Ahmed Alamine was wrapped in a white robe and buried at noon under the Afri- can sun. His body, with no coffin for protection, was covered with wood and thorn tree branches to keep away wild dogs. A small circle of friends watched Alamine, 36, weakened by starvation, died 10 days after reaching this sprawling camp of refugees fleeing the famine zone of drought-ravaged West Africa. Scores of other unmarked burial mounds are nearby For hundreds of starving people abandoning the bleak sandy wilderness called the Sahel, Camp Lazaret is the end of the road It is one of the many refugee camps that have sprouted across the stricken sub- Saharan region linking Senegal with Mauritania, Mali, Upper Volta, Niger and Chad. More than Tuaregs, the legendary "blue men" of the Sahara, most from neighboring Mali, have fled the desert bv camel or on foot and found their way to Camp Lazaret in the last year. Most have lost everything in the six-year dry goats and sheep, their cattle and their camels. Many are reported to have died struggling to reach this camp on the outskirts of Nia- mey, the dusty capital of land- locked Niger Others die after they arrive from measles, pneumonia or other diseases made more virulent by acute malnutrition. For the living, Camp Lazaret, run by the Red Cross and Caritas. the Catholic relief service, is a community of misery. The Tuaregs have lost not just their riches but a way of life. Descendents of the Berbers of Algeria and Morocco, the Tauregs are a brown-skinned people who endlessly roam the desert in search of pasture and water.- Most are from Mauritania, Mali, Niger and Algeria. These men, women and chil- dren who once proudly defied the Sahara now sit in waist- high hovels living on handouts from abroad. "We are birds without said one nomad who lost two children and his entire herd of goats on the journey to Niger from Mali. "We have nothing left now. Where can we go? What can we do7" Camp Lazaret is little more than hundreds of squalid bee- hive-shaped huts about four feet high with tree-branch frames covered by rags, cardboard and grass matting. A crude infirmary, a concrete building marked by a huge Red Cross banner, is the centre of camp activity. Inside, the sick and dying are treated by the camp's only doctor, a specialist from Switzerland. The camp death rate has been slashed in recent months from around 20 s day to an av- erage of about two a day, but settled life in the camp has not agreed with the nomadic Tua- reg. Relief officials report an un- usually high number of cases of prostitution, divorce, suicide, depression, schizophrenia and outbreaks of violence in the camp The Tuareg, who roam the desert in small family groups, are not used to being concen- trated in large social units. Flooding starts in some areas Nazi-hunter arrested Mrs. Beate Klarsfeld, centre, takes leave of two French former inmates of Dachau concentration camp Wednesday after she was arrested by Bavarian police. The 35-year-old Paris housewife, who has led sensational campaigns in France and Germany, for ratification of a Franco-German war criminals treaty, was arrested for violating a Cologne Court order that she be arrested if she ever returned to West Germany. EDMONTON (CP) Flooding, which has started to occur in some areas as a result of the spring runoff, is likely to increase for the next several days, says the flood forecast issued Wednesday by the department of the environment. The runoff in the northern half of the province should continue for up to two weeks. In addition to localized flooding, the Paddle River has flooded some land and will continue to rise for the next week, the department said. Two ice jams on the river north of Sangudo, about 60 miles northwest of Edmonton, have added to the floods which are threatening two farmsteads. They are in an area which floods regularly. JAM REMOVED The downstream jam was removed by blasting Monday and Tuesday and efforts now are being made to remove the second jam, which is about one-half mile long, the department said A crew of seven, with a helicopter and a boat, are dynamite to clear the ice. Getting the jam to move is difficult because the river is slow-moving in the area; even when the ice is loosened, it does not move away quickly, it said. Flooding of low-lying agricultural land is also likely to occur along the Sturgeon, Vermilion and Pembina River and Pine Creek. Flood-prone areas around Grande Prairie, Fairview, Rycroft, Whitecourt and Coronation and Cold Lake should also be inundated The department is also blasting ice en the Peace River downstream from the town of Peace River. The first blasting occurred last Saturday and is expected to continue through Thursday. A channel 3Vz miles long has been cleared below the town so when the river begins to break up, around the weekend, the ice will flow past the town without any jams occurring. Earlier, snow was removed from the ice and sand spread to speed melting. First woman appointed to group GENEVA (Reuter) The International Commission of Jurists (1CJ) announced Wednesday the election of its first woman member, Madame Ngo Ba Thanh, a 42- year old lawyer from South Vietnam. Two other new members elected to fill va- cancies on the 40-member commission are Prof. Kwamena Bentsi-Enchill of Ghana, a former justice of the Ghana Supreme Court and now boundary settlement commissioner, and Chief Justice Supreme Court president Alphonse Boni of the Ivory Coast. Think hockey's tough today? Not on your slapshot! You should have seen it way-back-when. A real man's game. And it called for a real man's beer. Lethbridge Old Style Pilsner. Slow-brewed and naturally aged for big beer flavour. It's the one thing that doesn't change. Alberta's original Pilsner is still a winner, year after year after year. Try it. You'll be a fan, too. 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(18 to 30mm) zoom lens lets you fill the screen without moving the screen or projector. for single frame selection. Weighs only 12 pounds. About 11 400' take-up reel included. Reg. 13998 'Special bonus offer Buy both the projector and the camera, and get a 40x40" tripod screen (Reg. and 50' of ASA 160 low light movie film with processing included (Reg. at no extra charge. Simpsons-Sears Ltd. at Simpsons-Sears you get the finest guarantee or money refunded and free delivery Store Hours' Open Daily a.m to p m Thursday and Friday 9.30 am to 9 00 p m Centre Village Mall. Telephone 328-9231 ;