|Title ID||7052||Collection ID||985|
|Title||[BBC News Programme] Biafra|
|Theme||Wartime and Military|
|Keywords||Charities Children Domestic Gardens Family Travel Social Problems Wars|
|Format||Black & White Silent|
|Duration||4 min. 13 sec.|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
A BBC news piece about refugees from Biafra, escaping civil war in Nigeria (1967-1970), and the support they receive in the UK.
Joyce Pearce, founder of Ockenden Venture, is seen speaking to an interviewer (no sound). Children and their parents arrive from Biafra at an airport in England. The adoptive parents of three Biafran [?] children are interviewed at home with their two other children. Older children play badminton in a garden of an Ockenden Venture home.
Ockenden Venture was founded in Woking, Surrey in 1951 by teachers Joyce Pearce OBE, Ruth Hicks and Margaret Dixon in aid of displaced Eastern European children after WW2. It aimed “to provide for their maintenance, clothing, education, recreation, health and general welfare.” Further houses in Haselmere and Donnigton Hall near Derby were soon acquired. Eight new houses were opened after World Refugee Year (1959-1960) increased charitable donations. Ockenden opened twenty five centres in response to the crisis in Vietnam, accepting the ‘boat people’ after the government decided to accept Vietnamese refugees fleeing after the invasion of China in 1979. Joyce Pearce died in 1985 after over thirty years of work. Ockenden International focuses its efforts on overseas projects.