Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
-Tuesday, September 26, 1972 THE LETHM1D6I HWAIB 15 Profiteers get relief goods CALCUTTA (CP) Hun- dreds of bales of clothes sent by Canada and other countries to aid victims of the Bangla- desh war last year appear to have been acquired by Indian profiteers. The score of voluntary agencies that channelled Bang- ladesh aid through this Indian port city deny that they allowed large-scale thievery, and reject suggestions that their workers actually sold the relief supplies to wholesalers. But since mid-summer, the iced clothes, many bearing Ca- nadian labels, have been ap- pearing in market places across northern India. In Srinagar, Kashmir, more than miles from Calcutta, the townspeople call the heaps of cold-weather clothing "Bang- ladesh markets." They say such material was never avail- able in their region until after the Bangladesh war that endet In December with the breaking away of the former East Faki stan area. Ian Campbell, an official the League of Red Cross So cieties in Bangladesh, says the agency has investigated news paper reports of Red Cross ma teriats for sale, and can find nc evidence to link the clothing with their organization. DIFFICULT TO TRACE It is difficult to track down the source of the relief supplies on the Indian markets becaus of the confusion of the emer gency operation in Catcutt during the war. Calcutta was a staging poin or relief-supply arrivals be- ause Bangladesh airports were losed during much of the war. The Red Cross and several ther agencies distributed the oods to the 10 million refugees fled to India as well as vlc- ims who stayed in Bangladesh. But it seems clear that him- I red of pounds of clothing and olankels were bought or stolen rom the agencies by large-scale listributors, wlio have since sold them to local peddlars. Even while the refugees were still in camps just outside Cal- cutta, relief goods appeared on Calcutta streets. WORKERS UPSET The appearance of the relief supplies has caused a tiff among workers in the chari- a b 1 e organizations, which sometimes seem to compete for prestige and power as much as :o-operate in aid efforts. Some International Red Cross officials familiar with the Cal- cutta operation privately hint that workers in the Indian Red Cross sold the goods for per- sonal profit. The Indian Red Cross denies the charge. Both groups point out that many other church and relief groups were doling out foreign gifts to refugees and war victims at the time. But poverty-ridden Indian consumers are happy with the new supplies of winter clothes, whatever the source. The goods are being sold at a fraction of the normal retail prices. A stylish golf sweater marked Made in Canada sells for about 75 cents. Indians, Metis support plan DRUMHELLER (CP) In- dian leaders from Alberta and the National Indian Brother- hood have promised support for an Indian and Metis prison organization if the organiza- tion's programs are clearly de- fined and 'realistic." Harold Cardinal, president of the Indian Association of Alber- ta, Stan Daniels, president of the Metis Association of Alber- ta, Tony Belcourt, president of the Native Council of Canada and George Manuel, president of the National Brotherhood, of- fered support after attending a workshop at the prumheller Medium Security Prison. The prisoners organization operates a number of self-im- provement and recreation pro- grams in the prison and wants to work with Indian leaders to reduce the high number of na- tive prisoners. The Indian leaders were ask- ed by the prisoners to help the organization obtain permission to carry out its work on a full time basis, instead of just in leisure time. "We have the potential to this institution we want t play H part with our approach in an area that no one else ha been able to said Don Yellowfly, ,who is serving a life sentence. In four years of im prisonment, he has increases his education to Grade 12 from Grade 8 and hopes to get a de- gree in social work. Would-be thief muffs job in Montana OPPORTUNITY, Mont. (AP A would-be thief who a tempted to make off with a automobile during the weeken apparently needs some instru lions. Authorities report th prowler crossed the wron wires while trying to start II vehicle, with the result that th horn began to blow, the nois wakened the owner and t! prowler fled. Mr. Yellowfly said he was sappointed at the poor tum- ut by various officials. He -id more than 200 invitations ere sent to various organiza- ons, government agencies, pri- MI officials and Indian leaders. e also complained that when lalive persons leave prison, ley receive little assistance or noral support from native or- anizations. About 45 noo-prisoners ended the workshop. The organization is aUempt- ng to form chapters in six ther provincial penal institu- ions. Hijacker sentenced CHICAGO (AP) William _reene was convicted Monday A hijacking a Delta Airlines Jet and was immediately sentenced o 20 years in prison. Greene, 31, was accused of hijacking the jet April 17 en route from West Palm Beach, ?la., to Chicago. A U.S. district court Jury reached a verdict Saturday and Judgo Bernard Decker opened he sealed verdict here and mmediately passed sentence. 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