EUROPEAN THEATRE Plea For Immediate Relief In Poland British Official Wireless Rec. 1 p.m. LONDON, July 31. Nearly 3,500,000 displaced persons in Germany were repatriated by Unrra up to June 26, and it is expected that Allied Supreme Headquarters will be cleared of all displaced persons who can be easily repatriated by September 1. When this was reported to the European committee of Unrra in London, it was stated that the military authorities estimated that there would be 850,000 displaced persons in the Allied Supreme Headquarters area who could not easily be repatriated.
The chairman, Sir Frederick Leith-Ross, said the relief programme for Poland for 1945 was substantial. It was reported that Unrra shipnients of supplies to Europe, including the estimated shipments for June, amounted to 641,626 tons, exclusive of supplies bought from the military.
M. Rzymowski, representative of the newly-formed Polish Government, said the country was in a state of devastation, misery and hunger when liberated. for urgent relief and the provision of agricultural and industrial equipment to help this year's harvest. He asked for the immediate shipment of clothing and footwear before the winter and a substantial number of vehicles, to restore communications. He also requested aid in the repatriation of Polish citizens wishing to return to the country from wherever they might at present be situated.
Australian Women Refused Passports
Seven Australian women engaged by Unrra for work in Europe have been refused passports, and will be unable to take up their appointments, says a message from Sydney.
"Shortage of womanpower" was the explanation given in Canberra for the refusal of the passports. The Federal Cabinet has decided that no Australian women shall go abroad while the Pacific war continues, and there is still urgent demand for female labour in hospitals and the textile industry.
It was reported later that in the Federal Government's opinion Unrra positions could be capably filled by nationals of the countries in which work was required to be done. The Minister concerned, Mr. Calwell, refused to make a statement.
The refusal of passports to women selected to go abroad as Unrra workers would be re-exanxined, said the Australian Prime Minister, Mr. Chifley, in the House of Representatives. The issue of passports depended entirely on the manpower and womanpower available for urgent jobs in Australia. The Government's policy was to grant passports only in special cases, and passports for Unrra workers had been dealt with in the light of that general policy.
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UNRRA PROBLEMS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 180, 1 August 1945
UNRRA PROBLEMS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 180, 1 August 1945
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