BRITAIN SAVES ETHIOPIA'S ITALIAN CIVILIAN POPULATION - EVACUATED EN MASSE FROM ABYSSINIA, C. 25 MAY 1942
Two large Italian pre-war luxury liners, the SATURNIA (24,470 tons) and the VULCANIA (24,469 tons) left Berbera for Italy on 25 May bearing a first contingent of 5000 Italian civilians from Abyssinia. The majority of the total Italian civilian population of Ethiopia, some 40,000 men, women and children were evacuated in accordance with an agreement reached between the British and Italian military authorities, under which able-bodied men capable of rendering military service were not returned. These pictures show Italian civilians of all ages on their way to the evacuation points in Abyssinia. It is evident the treatment they received was very different from that experienced by the unfortunate civilian population of countries temporarily conquered by Nazi Germany. Picture shows:- New arrivals at the camp at Dire-Dawa for evacuated Italian women and children being fed and attended to by Italian prisoners of war and Italian nurses.