Merchant Marine officers who need to join their ship, leave dock on a Egyptian launch that takes them out to their ship, in Port Said, Egypt. (The launch flies an Egyptian flag design in use from 1922 through 1953.) When the officers arrive at their ship, deckhands lower a rope ladder and the officers climb aboard. View of steamship, SS Aeolia, underway. (This ship, launched as the Stuyvesant 1918, was acquired in 1950 and named, Aeolia, by Cia Naviera del Atlantica of Panama. It was managed for them by the Hellenic Mediterranean Lines, Piraeus.) Back of a sailor as boat he is on passes a statue of Ferdinand de Lesseps at the Port Said entrance to the Suez Canal.. Views waters around Port Said with palm trees along shore and commercial shipping traffic in the waters.
Ancient relics discovered in excavations in Luxor, Egypt. Archaeologists after 3 years of excavations discover Tomb of Mentemhet, Prince of Thebes in the Valley of Kings in Luxor, Egypt. Mummy of a priest in a casket as a man lays it on the ground.
Palestinian Arab Refugees in Egypt. Workers unload food supplies sent by United Nations, from trains. These goods are unloaded at warehouses. Registration cards are checked of Palestinian Arab Refugees. Refugees get their daily rations of grain and rice. Man unloads a barrel marked with UNICEF, from truck. Milk powder mixed with boiled disease free water. Children stand in line to collect milk. Men cook meal sitting outside tents. Lebanese cleric speaks with the Refugees.
Film 'Sands of Sorrow' depicts the condition of Palestinian Arab Refugees. View of Refugee tents on sand. Clothes hang outside tent and torn tents. Women and children outside the tents. Truckload of necessities for the refugees arrives. Egyptian army officers seated on table distribute blankets, grain and goods to the refugees.
A film depicts steps in Libyan independence. Allied soldiers on tanks during World War II. A tank goes past a ruined building. People gathered look as the Union Jack is unfurled. People read a proclamation pasted on a wall. Ruins of World War II. A meeting in the United Nations in 1945 where it is suggested that Libya be placed under temporary UN trusteeship. A resolution in the UN on 21st November, 1949 to create an independent Libya. The Russian delegate to the UN states his disagreement. The United Kingdom delegate speaks in favor of the resolution. A UN aircraft lands and taxis in Libya. Advisory Council members, led by Mustafa Qasim Mizran, who is first to exit the plane and is head of the National Party and Director of the School of Arts and Trades in Tripoli, are joined by UN Commissioner in Libya Adrian Pelt as they are greeted by dignitaries. The headquarters of the Commissioner and the Advisory Council in Tripoli. A sign reads 'Office of the United Nations Commissioner in Libya'. Members of the Advisory Council include representatives from Tripolitania, Cyrenaica, Fezzan, Egypt, France, Italy, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, the United States and a minority group delegate. Cars carrying the representatives drive out of the gates of the headquarters. They meet people to become aware of their problems. People greet the UN Commissioner and the members of the Advisory Council. A visit to Benghazi where they meet the Emir of Cyrenaica. People holding placards in front of the Emir's palace to greet the Advisory Council. They meet the Emir, who is the religious Muslim leader, in his place. The headquarters of the Commissioner and the Advisory Council, where Mustafa Qasim Mizran is seen touching his face, as he stands behind king Idris,
Major events of 1956. Ships underway in Suez Canal, Egypt. President, Abdul Nasser announces the seizure of the canal. Soldiers move up in Egypt and dead Egyptian soldiers as a result of Anglo French attack. Anglo French planes bomb the canal area. Airborne troops land in the canal area. Debris due to aerial bombings spread on the street. Matter discussed at the United Nations meeting leading to a cease fire in the area. The Secretary General of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjold arrives in Egypt for negotiations. The United Nations Emergency Police forces enter a city in Egypt. People give a warm welcome to the forces.