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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 20, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta g _ THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wecliuidny, May JO, 1V70 Biairans Still Licking Civil War Wounds By MOHT HOSENBLUM OWERRI, Nigeria (AP) All over what was Biafra, the Ibo people are scrambling to- ward recovery as best they can. Godwin, a lawyer, drinks iced beer at 98 cents a bottle. S417, a baby, may soon die. After four months of peace and relief operations, Niger- ia's East is showing signs of normality. Food fills the mar- kets for those who can afford it. Beneath the surface, down rutted tracks and through stinking hospital corridors, things are far from optimistic. Experts warn that the whole situation is on a knife's edge. If the Nigerian Red Cross gradually ends feeding on schedule, they fear, the total child population of could be endangered. Two tilings might drop the Ibo war victims into a deadly relapse, they say: disruption in "food as medicine" programs which have held off widespread star- vation. General feeding al- ready has been cut off, leav- ing only milk rations fcr children and food for on hospital rolls. By June 30, the Bed Cross plans to stop it all. failure to pump enough money and economy-stimulat- ing activity into the area. Jobs are scarce and many Ibo tribesmen who have jobs are not receiving their pay. The worst lot falls to tots like S417, a swollen-bel- lied little boy who lives on a Living Indexes Climb OTTAWA (CP) Increases in food prices and rent were chiefly responsible for advances in cost of living indexes in all nine of the 10 major metropoli- tan areas in April, the Dominion Bureau of Statistics reported today. Only in Reghia-Saskatoon did the index for April remain un changed from March. In other areas, increases ranged from two-tenths of one per cent in To- ronto to 1.1 per cent in Vancou- ver. Clothing indexes increased in eight centres but remained un- changed in St. John's, Nfld., and Edmonton-Calgary. Health and personal care costs were up in all areas partially as a result of higher professional fees. Tobacco and alcohol indexes were unchanged. Transporta- tion, reading and recreation in- dexes underwent a mixtufe of movements across the country. The bureau stressed that the indexes only record changes within each centre and cannot be used for comparing living costs from city to city. Duck Outlook Appears Good On Prairies WINNIPEG (CP) Ducks Unlimited (Canada) says spring water conditions "are most en- couraging for anther gcod water- fowl nesting season on the prairies." On its first survey report of the year, the private conserva- tion organization says conditions are excellent in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Southern Alber- ta south of the Red Deer River is poor but the rest of the prov- ince is gcod. Conditions also are favorable in British Columbia. A generally good carry over of moisture from last fall, a late spring thaw, and heavy rain and snow in late April over southern Saskatche- wan and Manitoba led to the bright outlook. Nesting is running two weeks behind schedule because of the late spring. Surveys to evaluate the nesting waterfowl popula- tion are just beginning but pre- liminary reports indicate birds are in good numbers. "With favorable weather from this point, prospects are bright for another good duck produc- tion season on the prairies." HEAT KII.I.S 300 CALCUTTA (AP) _ At least 300 people have died from the effects of a heat wave sweeping eastern India's Bihar state, tie United News cf India reported here. Temperatures in some sreas have reached 120 degrees. soiled cot in a bush annex of Okporo Children's Hospital. It is overloaded with 800 badly- undernourished children. Only number discs around the neck differentiate them. Often the files give no clue as to where they belong. Some- times parents won't claim their children because they know they cannot feed them. Sometimes parents just can't find their own. Elsewhere, though starva- tion has eased, hunger is rampant. May always has been the short season. It is at least three months to the main cassava crop and other crops are still in the ground. Because so many seed crops were eaten as Biafra struggled to survive, there are few yams and little corn. Some farmers are afraid to plant because of land mines and unexploded shells in their fields. USE FISH FOH MONEY With the added effect of scarce money, prices of sta- ples have doubled and tripled in recent weeks and are still going up. Top-level civil servants in neckties go to Red Cross warehouses to beg for stock- fish. This dried salted fish, prepared in sticks, is used as currency. Traders cut off a piece cf change from a bar of stockfish when they have no shilling.'; to hand back for bank notes. What money there is comes largely from Ibos with jobs in Lagos or those paid indemni- ties or back wages after ths war. A lot of money comes from the Red Cross in the 10 per cent of relief supplies that its administrators figure are and in salaries to workers. Some of the "misdirection" involves armed attacks. Four- teen were reported in two weeks in various food stores, including one wrhich killed a Nigerian worker. This reporter, on a 200-mile tour on main roads and through thick bush, found no evidence of the genocide some forecast when the war was going on. TROOPS NO PROBLEM A Scottish woman married to an Ibo engineer lived near Orlu throughout the war. She and her friends hid in the bush, expecting the worst, but were surprised to find no mis- treatment. An Ibo doctor who stayed with his dying young patients said that "apart from some problems with a few of the nurses" there were no diffi- culties when the troops moved in. Soldiers, some upbraided for looting and rape in the first days of victory, now present little problem. They play soccer in blue shorts and undershirts and man occa- sional desultory roadblocks. In Owerri, centre cf the worst-hit region, dances at the shabby but thriving Golf Course Motel pack the house at 10 shillings a head. Bands from Port Harcourt and even Lagos come up and belt out soul music as patrons talk over ambitious business we need is just a bit of expen- sive beer. Many enterprising Ibos are back in business despite the crunch. The "Famous Painter and Sign Writer" is working again and you can get a drink at the "Cool Precious Res- taurant for Good Diets." COUNTLESS CRIPPLED Services like electricity are months away in some areas, engineers say. The key cities cf Enugu, Onitsha and Port Harcourt are hooked back into the federal telephone system. Schools are gradually re- suming where classrooms can be found and teachers con- vinced to work without regu- lar pay. Awka and Onitsha, among other towns, are devastated from direct hits during heavy fighting. The word "Biafra" is spo- ken only among friends. Many Ibos still speak of "the Nigeri- ans" as though they weren't part cf the same nation, but Lhere seems almost no possi- bility of another flare-up soon. Only Giafran military num- ber plates on crashed vehicles and bright red civilian plates on many serviceable cars re- call the secessionist regime. The civil war started basically from tribal animos- ity, erupting when Ibos were killed in the North and Hau- sas killed in the East. Most sources in a position to know continue to estimate the war's casualties in starvation and fighting at between 1.000.000 and mostly children. Countless others are crippled tor life, physically or mentally. MODERN SUBWAY-Vaulted ceiling arches over Can- adian commuters in one of Montreal's modern subway stations. Lethbridge Elevator Still In Red OTTAWA (CP) Auditor- General Maxwell Henderson, in Volume II of his report on gov- ernment financial transactions in fiscal 19C8-69, Tuesday reiter- ated his displeasure with a gov- ernment freeze on his staff. "The fnistration caused by the treasury board's reclassifi- cation of ray staff positions to- gether with the continuing staff shortages has made the year a particularly difficult one for my entire Mr. Henderson says in the volume tabled in the Commons. He said the staff shortage is the reason the second volume is nearly seven weeks past the March 31 deadline for the an- nual reports. However, the government had not yet acted on a committee recommendation that the audi- tor-general's report be referred automatically to the committee on tabling. Mr. Hales said any govern- ment is tempted to put off refer- ral of the report to committee in an election year, when it can be embarrassing. Mr. Henderson's 1969 report, Volume I, was quickly referred to the committee this year and Mr. Hales said the committee probably will begin examination of it next fall. Volume II is a rundown of the accounts of government depart- ments, Crown corporations and federal agencies. It picks away at accounting lapses and" situations such as the government grain elevator at Lethbridge, which suffered its 24th consecutive annual loss in 1868-69. The first volume, tabled March 24, resulted in govern- Private Visit OTTAWA (CP) Barbados Prime Minister Errol Barrow, who arrived in Canada Saturday for a private visit, lunched with External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp Tuesday. mcnt criticism of Mr. Hender- son, who said then that the staff freeez on the audit office was placing it in "a dangerous posi- tion" and restricting examina- tion of government accounts. Treasury Board President C. M. Drury replied that Mr. Hen- derson had not filled the author- ized establishment he now has. Mr. Henderson said it was es- sential that his staff, frozen at 239, be increased to 250 by March 31 and that another 40 positions be created after that. WANTS CUKBS REMOVED "I hope steps mil be taken to grant me the independence nec- essary to enable me to solve the staffing problems which I out- lined in Volume he says in the second volume. He also says steps should be taken to speed up examination of his report and the public ac- counts by the Commons public accounts committee. Alfred D. Hales (PC-Welling- ton chairman of the public accounts committee, saidJ later in an interview that government has gone some way to speed up the process by ap- pointing members of the com- mittee for the duration of current Parliament. Salvation Army Post Filled LONDON, Ont. (CP) Capt. Ron Sharegan of Calgary has been appointed administrator of the Salvation Army's House of Concord to be constructed near Ilderton, 15 miles north of here. He is agraduate of the Univer- sity of Calgary and served the last three years at the Salvation Army's Children's Village in Calgary. The home, the second in the province, is to serve as a reha- bilitation and training .centre for up to 60 youths, aged 16 to 20, on probation from area courts. It will open in late fall. KRESCE'S ON SALE THURS.MAY21 to WED. MAY 27 MISSES'RASCHEL KNIT SHELLS Kresge Anniversary Price 2.77 Sleeveless. White and Colors. S-M-L 10-20 JAMAICA SHORTS Kresge Anniversary Price 2 3.00 7-14 GIRLS' STRETCH NYLON SHORTS Kresge Anniversary Price 1.37 Pr. Navy, Red, Pink, Yellow, Green, Blue. 3-6X JR. BOYS' t GIRLS' CABANA SETS Reg. Kresge Price 1.17 Se ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL Set TUBEOF25-707. FOAM CUPS Anniversary Price STICKY PAGE PHOTO ALBUMS Reg. Kresge Price 3.49 ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL 2.47 RED GERANIUM SPRAY Reg. Kresge Price ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL Sprays CANVAS BOOTS WHITE BLACK ANNIVERSARY SPECIALS YOUTHS'SIZES 11-13 Kresge A AC Pr Price 1.59 Pr. jfTf BOYS'SIZES 1-5 Reg. Kresge f p. Price 1.79 Pr. MEN'S SIZES 6-11 Reg. Kresge tjMj n Price 1.99 Pr. MISSES' PLAID SNEAKERS Reg. Kresge Q7C Pr Price !.19Pr. STRIPED TOWEL ENSEMBLES PKG. OF 5 FACE CLOTHS QOC pfcff Kresge Anniversary Price OO HAND TOWELS mmt Kresge Anniversary Price BATH TOWELS TlC Farh Kresge Anniversary Price M MWI TEA TOWELS Keg. Kresge Price 39p Each ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL 19" ROUND PATIO TABLE 19" High! Reg. Kresge Price 1.77 ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL 1.47 10" TEFLON FRY PANS Kresge Anniversary Price 12 OZ. PSYCHEDELIC INSULATED 'GO GO' TUMBLERS Kresge Anniversary Price 6 YOUTHS' CREW SOCKS Reg. Kresge Price 79p Pr. ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL PKG. OF 3 MEN'S ATHLETIC SHIRTS OR SHORTS Reg. Kresge Price 1.97 Pkg. ANNIVERSARY'SPECIAL LADIES' BIKINI- NYLON BRIEFS S.M.L "ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL 9" BUG KEEPER CONTAIHER Rej. Kresge Price 98p ANNIVERSARY SPECIAI 73 1B" x 20' FRAMED OILETTE SCENES Reg. Kresge Price 2.87 ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL 1.99 15% OZ. BOTTLES VO5 SHAMPOOS or CRIME RINSE Kresge Anniversary Price Bottle SATISFACTION GUARANTEED OR MONEY CHEERFULLY REFUNDED ;