Many Jewish Families in Congo Completely Destitute, Leader Reports

Many Jewish families in the Congo have been ruined by the uprisings which followed Congolese independence and are completely destitute, a Brussels Jewish leader, who asked that his name not be used, reported today on his return from the stricken new African republic.

He said that the Jews participated in the general exodus of the white population and most of them reached safety in neighboring countries. Another 15 Jewish families arrived in Belgium today together with the Brussels Jewish leader.

It was reported that every Jew has left Luluabourg, one of the hardest hit cities. Material damage was reported heavy at Jadoville. Belgian officials and relief organizations were reported to be continuing their heavy tasks of aiding the refugees without regard to nationality or religion.

A report from Leopoldville received here stated that a team of ten Israeli physicians are due in the Congo to give medical aid to the population in the strife-torn new African republic. The team includes general practitioners, a surgeon, an anesthetist, a gynecologist and a public health expert. Israel was reported to be studying also the possibility of supplying the Republic of Congo at a later date with several experts for a public administration team to be organized under the United Nations technical assistance program.

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