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CBN NewsWatch: September 23, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, Sept. 23: Kenya claims terrorist standoff at Mall nearing end; Hundreds of Pakistanis protest church bombing; Israel warns UN: Iran is trying to cheat the world; and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH,"

SHOPPING MALL STANDOFF, A

LOOK AT THE TERRORIST GROUP

CLAIMING RESPONSIBILITY FOR

THE DEADLY HOSTAGE SITUATION

IN KENYA.

PLUS, SUICIDE BOMBERS ATTACK

A SUNDAY SERVICE, HOW

CHRISTIANS IN PAKISTAN ARE

RESPONDING TO THE TRAGEDY.

AND CBN NEWS INVESTIGATES

WHAT'S BEHIND A RECENT RISE

IN DOLPHIN DEATHS.

ALL THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH."

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

TWO DAYS AFTER AN ATTACK BY

ISLAMIC TERRORISTS,

EXPLOSIONS CONTINUED TO

SHAKE AN UP-SCALE MALL IN

NAIROBI KENYA, AND SCORES OF

PEOPLE ARE DEAD OR WOUNDED.

BUT KENYAN AUTHORITIES SAY

AFTER SECURITY FORCES

STORMED THE MALL TODAY, THE

STANDOFF MAY SOON BE OVER.

JOHN WAGGI HAS MORE IN

TONIGHT'S TOP STORY.

Reporter: KENYAN

SECURITY FORCES STORMED THE

MALL ON MONDAY AND CLAIMED

TO BE NEARING THE END OF THE

ORDEAL AS THICK SMOKE

BILLOWED FROM THE AREA.

BUT THE STANDOFF CONTINUED

AT A MALL SUPERMARKET WHEN

AN ESTIMATED 12 GUNMAN FROM

al-SHABAAB WERE HOLED UP

WITH HOSTAGES.

EYE WITNESSES SAY THE GUNMAN

TARGETED NON-MUSLIMS AND

ALLOWED ALL MUSLIMS TO

LEAVE.

WE ARE HERE TO RESCUE THE

MUSLIMS.

IF THEY ARE MUSLIM, STAND UP

AND GO.

Reporter: THEY SAY

THEY'RE RETALIATING TO THE

PRESENCE OF KENYAN TROOPS

FIGHTING IN SOMALIA.

AND THEY CLAIM THREE OF THEM

WERE AMERICANS FROM

MINNEAPOLIS, INCLUDING THIS

ONE SEEN IN THE RECRUITING

VIDEO POSTED ONLINE LAST

MONTH.

IF YOU GUYS ONLY KNEW HOW

MUCH FUN WE HAVE OVER HERE.

THIS IS THE REAL

DISNEYLAND.

THIS IS AN EXTREMELY

DEADLY ORGANIZATION.

VERY WELL-TRAINED.

Reporter: THE BOMBINGS

KILLED MORE THAN 60 PEOPLE.

FIVE AMERICANS WERE AMONG

THE KILLED.

ELAINE DANG FROM SAN

FRANCISCO NEEDED CHEST, ARM,

AND LEG SURGERY.

I'M OKAY.

I'M VERY GRATEFUL TO BE

ALIVE.

Reporter: THE RESPONSE

FROM THE U.S. LEADERS IS THE

ALL TOO FAMILIAR ANGER.

IT IS AN ENORMOUS OFFENSE

AGAINST EVERYBODY'S SENSE OF

RIGHT AND WRONG.

Reporter: MORE THAN A

THOUSAND PEOPLE WERE

EVACUATED FROM THE UP-SCALE

WESTGATE MALL.

SATURDAY'S ATTACK TURNED THE

SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOOD

INTO A WAR ZONE.

Mark: FOR MORE ON THIS,

WE ARE JOINED BY DEWI DEWIT

BESES.

TALK ABOUT THE GROUP

AL-SHABAAB.

WHERE DO THEY COME FROM?

A.SHABANDAR IS A JIHADIST

MOVEMENT, CREATED IN

SOMALIA, BUT IT WAS CREATED

BY AL-QAEDA.

IT HAS BEEN OPERATING IN

SOMALIA.

AT SOME POINT IT HAD TAKEN

COMPLETE CONTROL OF

SOMALIA.

IT WAS CHASED OUT OF THE

CAPITAL CITY.

BUT IT HAS BEEN OPERATING IN

ALL OF THE REST OF SOMALIA.

IT IS A JIHADIST MOVEMENT.

IT IS ESTABLISHING -- IT

WANTS TO ESTABLISH A SHARI'A

GOVERNMENT IN SOMALIA.

BUT al-SHABAAB HAS ALSO

BEEN OPERATING BEYOND

SOMALIA, IN MALI, IN

NIGERIA, AND IN KENYA.

SO IT IS NOT ONLY A SOMALI

JIHADIST MOVEMENT.

Mark: LET'S TALK A

LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE GROUP'S

GOAL IN KENYA.

WHAT IS IT THERE?

WELL, AS YOU KNOW, KENYA

AND SOMALIA SHARE BORDERS,

AND THERE IS A LARGE SOMALI

ETHNIC MINORITY IN THE

NORTHERN PART OF SOMALIA.

AND THIS AREA HAS BECOME THE

RECRUITING GROUND FOR

al-SHABAAB, AND KENYA

WANTED TO STOP THAT, SO IT

INTERVENED IN SMAL SMAL,

SOMALIA.

AND NOW WHAT WE SEE TODAY IS

REVENGE AGAINST THAT

ATTACK.

Mark: THIS ISN'T THE

FIRST ACT OF TERRORISM IN

KENYA, OF COURSE, BUT IS IT

SURPRISING, DIWIT, TO SEE AN

TAKE LIKE THIS ON SUCH A

LARGE SCALE?

IT IS NOT SURPRISING AT

ALL BECAUSE KENYANS KNEW IT

WAS COMING.

THERE HAS BEEN SOME MINOR,

SMALL INCIDENTS, BUT

al-SHABAAB HAD ALWAYS

THREATENED IT WOULD MAKE A

BIG IMPACT AS A REVENGE ON

THE BOLD DECISION THAT THE

KENYAN GOVERNMENT HAS

TAKEN.

THIS HAS BEEN IN THE MAKING

FOR SOME TIME.

Mark: SOME ARE CALLING

ON THE U.S. TO INTENSIFY ITS

PRESSURE AGAINST

AL-SHABAAB.

HOW DO YOU THINK AMERICA

SHOULD RESPOND TO THIS

ATTACK?

AMERICA SHOULD RESPOND.

IT HAS A MORAL

RESPONSIBILITY.

AND KENYA IS STRATEGIC

PARTNER FOR AMERICA AND THE

WEST.

IF IT NEEDS HELP, IT MUST BE

HELPED.

SINCE THE EARLY 1990s,

WHEN AMERICA WITHDRAW FROM

SOMALIA, THERE HAS NEVER

BEEN A SIGNIFICANT EFFORT

AND SUPPORT FROM THE WESTERN

GOVERNMENT TO CRUSH

AL-SHABAAB.

al-SHABAAB WAS CHASED

CHASED OUT FROM THE URBAN

AREAS, BUT IT WAS NOT CHASED

OUT OF SOMALIA.

IT WAS JUST CHASED OUT OF

THE MAJOR CITIES, AND IT WAS

TAKEN AS A SENSE OF VICTORY,

WHICH WAS WRONG.

al-SHABAAB HAS THE

CAPACITY TO OPERATE IN

SOMALIA, IN KENYA, IN

ETHIOPIA, IN JABUTI, AND

OTHER PLACES, ALSO.

IT MUST BE A GLOBAL

RESPONSE, A RESPONSE

COORDINATED BY THE UNITED

STATES AND THE WEST BECAUSE

KENYA DOESN'T T HAVE THAT

KIND OF CAPACITY.

Mark: OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME,

SIR.

THANK YOU, SIR.

Mark: MORE THAN 80

PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN

PAKISTAN ON SUNDAY WHEN A

PAIR OF SUICIDE BOMBERS BLEW

THEMSELVES UP OUTSIDE A

CHURCH.

NOW THEY'RE DEMANDING

SECURITY FROM THE

GOVERNMENT, AND THE ARRESTS

OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE

ATTACK.

CAITLIN BURKE REPORTS.

Reporter: AN ANGRY

PAKISTANI CHRISTIANS DEMAND

THE ATTENTION OF THEIR

GOVERNMENT.

HUNDREDS OF DEMONSTRATORS

GATHERED IN KARACHI TODAY,

CHANTING "STOP KILLING

CHRISTIANS."

OFFICIALS SAY MORE THAN 80

PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN

SUNDAY'S BOMBINGS.

OVER 140 WERE WOUNDED.

I FELL DOWN, AND MY

DAUGHTER WAS ON MY LAP, DIED

IN FRONT OF ME.

Reporter: THE ATTACK

HAPPENED AS CHURCH SERVICE

WAS LETTING OUT.

A PAIR OF SUICIDE BOMBERS

BLEW THEMSELVES UP JUST AS

HUNDREDS OF WORSHIPPERS WERE

COMING OUT OF AN HISTORIC

CHURCH IN PESHAWAR TO GET A

FREE MEAL.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TALIBAN

IMMEDIATELY CLAIMED

RESPONSIBILITY.

IT RAISED NEW QUESTIONS

ABOUT THE PAKISTANI

GOVERNMENT'S PUSH FOR A

PEACE DEAL.

THE OLD GOVERNMENT IS

SHOCKED BY THIS.

BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, THE PEACE

PROCESS IS GOING ON.

AND EVERYBODY IS TALKING

ABOUT THE PEACE PROCESS

BETWEEN THE TALIBAN AND

PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT.

AND AT THE SAME TIME, THIS

INCIDENT HAPPENED THAT

SHOWED THE NON-SERIOUSNESS

OF THE PEACE PROCESS OF

TALIBAN.

Reporter: THE TALIBAN

SPOKESPERSON SAYS THE ATTACK

WAS IN RESPONSE TO DRONE

STRIKES BY THE U.S.

CBN NEWS CHIEF INTERNATIONAL

CORRESPONDENT GARY LANE

EXPLAINED WHY THAT IS

CAUSING PAKISTANI CHRISTIANS

TO BE TARGETED.

Reporter: CHRISTIANS

ARE SEEN ALIGNED WITH THE

WEST.

SO THEY ATTACK THE

CHRISTIANS BECAUSE THEY KNOW

THEY B WILL GET ATTENTION

IF THEY DO THAT.

PLUS, THEY'RE THE WEAKEST,

THE MOST VULNERABLE.

AND THERE ARE CHURCHES, LIKE

THIS ALL SAINTS CHURCH, VERY

VISIBLE CHURCH, EASY

TARGET.

Reporter: CHRISTIANS

MAKE UP LESS THAN 3% OF

PAKISTAN'S POPULATION.

ROUGHLY 96% ARE MUSLIM.

CAITLIN BURKE, CBN NEWS.

Mark: AN EGYPTIAN COURT

IS BANNING THE MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD.

THEY SAY THE ORGANIZATION

CAN NO LONGER OPERATE.

THAT MEANS THE BROTHERHOOD

CAN NO LONGER STAGE

PROTESTS.

AND THE RULING ORDERS ALL OF

THE GROUP'S ASSETS TO BE

SEIZED.

THE COURT'S DECISION IS PART

OF A MILITARY-BACKED

GOVERNMENT CRACKDOWN AGAINST

THE SUPPORTERS OF THE OUSTED

MOHAMMED MORSI.

THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD WILL

HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO

APPEAL.

WORLD LEADERS ARE GATHERING

IN NEW YORK FOR THE 68th

SESSION OF THE UNITED

NATIONS.

TOPPING THE AGENDA, CHEMICAL

WEAPONS AND MIDDLE EAST

PEACE.

MUCH ATTENTION WILL ALSO

FOCUS ON THE U.S. AND IRAN.

IRAN'S NEW PRESIDENT HASAN

ROUHANI HAS EXPRESSED

INTEREST IN THE PAIR

REVIVING RELATIONS FOR THE

FIRST TIME SINCE THE IRANIAN

REVOLUTION IN 1979.

A MOVE ISRAEL WARNS

AGAINST.

FOR IRAN TO CHEAT THE

WORLD, TO SMILE TO THE WORLD

BY ROUHANI, AND MEANWHILE TO

DEVELOP MATERIAL AND TO

DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

Mark: IRAN'S FOREIGN

MINISTER IS SET TO MEET WITH

SIX NATIONS, INCLUDING THE

U.S.

THEY WILL BE LOOKING FOR

WAYS TO REIN IN THE IRANIAN

NUCLEAR PROGRAM.

THE WIFE OF AN AMERICAN

PASTOR IMPRISONED IN IRAN

CAME FACE TO FACE WITH THAT

COUNTRY'S PRESIDENT TODAY,

ASKING FOR HER HUSBAND'S

RELEASE.

THE IRANIAN DELEGATION

HAPPENS TO BE STAYING IN THE

SAME NEW YORK HOTEL AS

NAGHMEH ABEDINI.

HER HUSBAND, PASTOR SAEED IS

JAILED IN IRAN'S NOTORIOUS

EVAN PRISON.

SHE APPROACHED PRESIDENT

ROUHANI SEEKING THE RELEASE

OF PASTOR SAEED.

AND SHE GAVE HIM A LETTER

WRITTEN BY THE PASTOR

HIMSELF.

THE MAN SAID HE WOULD

DELIVER IT TO THE IRANIAN

PRESIDENT.

THIS WEEK MARKS THE ONE YEAR

ANNIVERSARY OF HIS

IMPRISONMENT.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, LOG ON

TO OUR WEBSITE, CBN NEWS.

PRESIDENT OBAMA HONORED

VICTIMS OF THE NAVY YARD

SHOOTING ON SUNDAY.

HE SPOKE AT A MEMORIAL

SERVICE, USING THE

OPPORTUNITY TO ONCE AGAIN

CALL FOR GREATER GUN

CONTROL.

LAST WEEK'S SHOOTING RENEWED

DEBATE ABOUT GUN CONTROL AND

MENTAL HEALTH IN THE U.S.

HEATHER CELLS REPORTS.

Reporter: ADDRESSING

FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND

CO-WORKERS OF THE VICTIMS,

PRESIDENT OBAMA URGED THE

NATION TO CHANGE GUN CONTROL

POLICY.

HE NOTED THAT SHOOTINGS IN

THE U.K. AND AUSTRALIA LED

TO CHANGES IN THEIR LAWS,

AND SAID THAT SINCE THE

COUNTRY HASN'T TAKEN WHAT HE

CALLS COMMON-SENSE ACTION,

AMERICANS ARE MORE

SUSCEPTIBLE TO MASS

SHOOTINGS.

President Obama: IF WE

CAN PREVENT EVEN ONE TRAGEDY

LIKE THIS, SAVE EVEN ONE

LIFE, SPARE OTHER FAMILIES

WHAT THESE FAMILIES ARE

GOING THROUGH, SURELY WE'VE

GOT AN OBLIGATION TO TRY.

Reporter: OBAMA SAID IT

IS CLEAR THAT CHANGE IN GUN

CONTROL WILL NOT COME FROM

WASHINGTON.

IT WOULD HAVE TO COME FROM

PEOPLE DEMANDING ACTION, HE

SAID.

STARBUCKS, WHICH ALLOWED

COSTUMERS TO BRING GUNS INTO

THEIR STORES IS NOW TAKING A

DIFFERENT STANCE.

WE ARE RESPECTFULLY

ASKING OUR COSTUMERS WHO ARE

CARRYING A GUN NOT TO BRING

THEM INSIDE STARBUCKS'

STORES.

WE ARE NOT PRO-GUN OR

ANTI-GUN, BUT WE DO BELIEVE

THAT GUNS AND WEAPONS SHOULD

NOT BE PART OF THE

STARBUCKS' EXPERIENCE.

Reporter: COSTUMERS

HAVE MIXED REACTIONS TO THE

CHANGE, BUT SCHULTZ SAID IT

IS NOT A POLICY.

IT IS A REQUEST, AND IT WILL

NOT BE ENFORCED.

MEANWHILE, THE HEAD OF THE

NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION

TOLD NBC'S "MEET THE PRESS,"

THAT THE REAL PROBLEM IS

THAT GUNS ARE IN THE WRONG

HANDS.

THIS IS A TRAGEDY THAT

SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED, A

MEMORIAL SERVICE THAT SHOULD

NOT BE TAKING PLACE, AND

VICTIMS THAT SHOULD NOT BE

VICTIMS.

THE PROBLEM IS THERE WERE

NOT ENOUGH GOOD GUYS WITH

GUNS.

Reporter: AND HE SAYS

PART OF THE ISSUE IS THE

NATION'S MENTAL HEALTH

SYSTEM IS BROKEN.

HEATHER CELLS, CBN NEWS.

Mark: COMING UP, FORMER

MUSLIMS ARE HELPING BRING

REVIVAL TO ONE EUROPEAN

COUNTRY.

WE'LL SHOW YOU WHERE.

Mark: GERMAN CHANCELLOR

ANCHANCE LOR CHANCELLOR

ANGELA MERKEL WILL HOLD ON

TO HER JOB.

MERKEL SAYS THE ELECTION IS

EVIDENCE THERE IS NO NEED

FOR CHANGE FROM HER

CONSERVATIVE POINT OF VIEW.

EUROPE HAS BEEN CALLED THE

NEW DARK CONTINENT.

CHURCH ATTENDANCE IS VERY

LOW, ESPECIALLY IN THE

OFFICIAL STATE CHURCHES.

BUT REVIVAL HAS COME TO SOME

GERMAN CHURCHES IN AN

UNEXPECTED WAY.

DALE HURD REPORTS FROM

BERLIN.

Reporter: PARTS OF

GERMANY ARE AMONG THE MOST

GODLESS AREAS IN THE WORLD.

POLLING SHOWS THAT BELIEF IN

GOD IN THE OLD EAST GERMANY

IS ONLY 13%.

BUT CHURCH ATTENDANCE IS

GROWING HERE, THANKS TO

FORMER MUSLIMS FROM IRAN.

AT THE HOUSE OF GOD'S HELP

IN EAST BERLIN, PERSIAN

CONVERTS TO CHRISTIANITY

HAVE DOUBLED THE SIZE OF THE

CONGREGATION.

DEACONESS ROSEMARY.

IT CAME LIKE AN

UNEXPECTED SUMMER RAIN.

SUDDENLY NEW PEOPLE STARTED

COMING EVERY WEEK AND ASKED

TO BE BAPTIZED.

IN THE BEGINNING, ONLY FIVE

OR SIX CIVILIANS CAME.

THEY WERE EASY TO SPOT, AND

WE GOT TO KNOW THEM.

AND OVER TIME, THEY BROUGHT

THEIR FRIENDS AND

NEIGHBORS.

Reporter: GERMANY HAS

EXPERIENCED A SURGE IN ISLAM

THIS YEAR.

MUSLIMS CONDUCTED A

NATIONWIDE CAMPAIGN TO GIVE

AWAY QURANS, IN A COUNTRY

THAT HAS LARGELY TURNED ITS

BACK ON BIBLICAL

CHRISTIANITY.

BUT IRANIAN IMMIGRANTS, OR

PERSIANS, HAVE ALREADY

EXPERIENCED THE DARKNESS OF

ISLAM IN THEIR NATIVE LAND,

AND THEY'RE HUNGRY FOR THE

FREEDOM AND JOY OF

CHRISTIANITY.

MICHAEL ASKED THAT WE HIDE

HIS FACE TO PROTECT HIS

FAMILY IN IRAN.

I MET A FEW TIMES WITH

FRIENDS IN AN UNDERGROUND

CHURCH IN A FLAT.

AND THERE WE SPOKE ABOUT

JESUS.

AND WE TRIED TO DO A BIBLE

STUDY SOMETIMES WITHOUT AN

ACTUAL BIBLE.

Reporter: ALL OF THE

PERSIANS WE TALKED TO

ACCEPTED CHRIST IN IRAN AND

THEN HAD TO EITHER FLEE OR

RISK PRISON OR DEATH.

I WAS ON MY WAY TO A

HOUSE CHURCH MEETING WHEN I

SAW POLICE OUTSIDE THE

FLAT.

SO I DIDN'T GO IN.

AND LATER I CALLED MY

MOTHER.

SHE SAID, THE POLICE WERE

HERE LOOKING FOR YOU.

SO MY FAMILY HELPED ME FLEE

THE COUNTRY.

WHEN I WAS IN IRAN, I

WANTED TO BECOME A

CHRISTIAN, BUT IT'S REALLY

DIFFICULT TO LEARN ABOUT

CHRISTIANITY IN IRAN.

IT IS FORBIDDEN FOR A MUSLIM

TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN.

IT WAS REALLY DIFFICULT.

I HAD TO LEAVE MY PARENTS.

SO I LOST MY HOME AND MY

FAMILY.

Reporter: ROSEMARY SAYS

THE PERSIANS WERE SURPRISED

TO FIND SO MANY GERMANS

DISINTERESTED IN

CHRISTIANITY.

MOST OF THEM BECAME

CHRISTIANS IN IRAN AND KNOW

MORE ABOUT CHRISTIANITY THAN

YOU WOULD EXPECT.

THEY ARE AHEAD OF US IN A

SENSE BECAUSE THEY HAVE

ALREADY BEEN PROSECUTED FOR

CHRIST.

AND THEY FIGURED OUT PRETTY

QUICKLY THAT A LOT OF

GERMANS ARE CHRISTIANS IN

NAME ONLY.

AND THEY'RE DISAPPOINTED

THAT GERMANS TAKE RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM FOR GRANTED.

Reporter: SOME GERMANS

ARE SUSPICIOUS OF THE

CONVERSIONS BECAUSE BEING

BAPTIZED CAN HELP A REFUGEE

STAY IN GERMANY, RATHER THAN

THAN BE DISPORTED.

SO THE SISTER TAKES THE

CONVERTED THROUGH A RIGOROUS

SCHEDULE OF BIBLE CLASSES.

I DID SUSPECT SOME OF

THEM JUST WANTED TO BE

BAPTIZED TO GET THEIR

RESIDENCY IN GERMANY, BUT

THAT HAS TURNED OUT TO BE

JUST A FEW.

AND FACT, SOME HAVE COME

BACK TO BAPTISM CLASS FOR

THE FOURTH TIME.

Reporter: IT IS NOT NOW

HOW MANY HAVE CONVERTED AND

JOINED CHURCHES IN GERMANY,

BUT IT HAS BECOME A

NATIONWIDE PHENOMENON AND IS

NUMBERING IN THE THOUSANDS.

IN THE HOUSE OF GOD'S HELP,

IT HAS REINVIGORATED THE

CONGREGATION.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS,

BERLIN.

Mark: UP NEXT, THE

MYSTERY BEHIND A SURGE IN

DOLPHIN DEATHS.

Mark: WELCOME BACK.

ACROSS THE EAST COAST,

DOLPHINS HAVE BEEN DYING AT

AN ALARMING RATE.

HUNDREDS ARE WASHING ASHORE,

AND MARINE BIOLOGISTS ARE

SCRAMBLING TO EXAMINE THEM.

AND ONE THING THEY WANT TO

KNOW, ARE HUMANS IN DANGER,

TOO.

IT IS AN OMINOUS SIGHT.

THIS LARGE BOTTLE-NOSED

DOLPHIN LIES DEATH, WHILE

OTHER DOLPHINS SWIM BY,

POTENTIAL VICTIMS OF WHAT

HAS BEEN DECLARED BY

SCIENTISTS AS AN UNUSUAL

MORTALITY EVENT.

SINCE EARLY JULY, STRANDINGS

OF BOTTLE-NOSED DOLPHINS

HAVE JUMPED FROM NORTH

CAROLINA.

IN FACT, FOR THE MONTHS OF

JULY AND AUGUST, THESE

STRANDINGS WERE MORE THAN

NINE TIMES THE HISTORICAL

AVERAGE, REACHING A TOTAL OF

430 THROUGH

SEPTEMBER 2nd.

HE MIGHT HAVE SOME

LESIONS.

IT IS KIND OF HAR HARD TO

SEE.

Reporter: WHEN THEY END

UP ON THE VIRGINIA SHORES,

THE AQUARIUM STRANDING

RESPONSE TEAM RECOVERS THE

DOLPHINS AND TRANSPORTS THEM

TO THE MARINE ANIMAL CARE

CENTER IN VIRGINIA BEACH.

THAT'S WHERE BIOLOGIST

PERFORM WHAT IS CALLED A

NECROPSY TO DETERMINE THE

CAUSE OF DEATH.

TO GIVE YOU A BETTER IDEA OF

THE MAGNITUDE OF THE CRISIS,

ON AVERAGE, IN JULY OF EACH

YEAR, THE VIRGINIA STRANDING

RESPONSE TEAM RECOVERS ABOUT

SIX TO SEVEN DOLPHINS.

IN JULY OF THIS YEAR ALONE,

THEY RECOVERED JUST SHY OF

50.

WE EXAMINE THE ENTIRE

ANIMAL, OUTSIDE AND INSIDE.

WE DO AN EXTERNAL EXAM, AND

WE LOOK INSIDE TO SEE IF

THERE ARE ANY UNUSUAL

PATHOLOGIES.

ONE THING WE'VE BEEN SEEING

ARE ORAL LESIONS ON THE

ANIMAL.

AND THE LUNGS ARE GOING TO

BE AN AFFECTED ORGAN.

ALTHOUGH THERE HAS BEEN SOME

VARIABILITY OF WHAT WE SEE.

Reporter: AND THESE

SAMPLES ARE SHIPPED ALL OVER

THE COUNTRY?

YUP.

Reporter: SUSAN BARKO

IS THE RESEARCH COORDINATOR

FOR THE VIRGINIA AQUARIUM

AND MARINE SCIENCE CENTER.

MIGRATORY PATTERNS CAUSE A

NUMBER TO MAKE THEIR WAY OFF

THE COAST HERE.

WE HAVE A LOT OF DOLPHINS

HERE, AND WE THINK THAT'S

THE REASON WE HAVE SO MANY

STRANDINGS.

IF THIS DISEASE IS AFFECTING

A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE OF THE

POPULATION, IF YOU HAVE MORE

DOLPHINS, YOU WOULD EXPECT

TO SEE MORE STRANDINGS.

BUT WHAT IS KILLING

THEM?

BARKO SAYS RESEARCH SHOWS IT

IS THE MORBILLIVIRUS, WHICH

CAUSES THE MEASLES IN

HUMANS.

THE ANIMALS ARE VERY

SOCIAL.

AND IT IS RELATIVELY EASY

FOR TRANSITION TO OCCUR.

IF ANIMALS ARE NEAR EACH

OTHER, ONE BREATHS OUT AND

ANOTHER BREATHS IN, WHEN

THEY HAVE CONTACT WITH EACH

OTHER.

AND IF HUMANS COME INTO

CONTACT WITH THE DOLPHINS,

SHE SAYS THE MORBILIVIRUS

CANNOT BE TRANSFERRED

BETWEEN ANIMALS AND HUMANS,

BUT PEOPLE ARE NOT TOTALLY

IN THE CLEAR.

SHE EXPLAINS THAT NOT ALL OF

THE DOLPHINS ARE DYING

STRICTLY FROM THE

MORBILIVIRUS, AND IT WEAKENS

THEIR IMMUNE SYSTEM AND THEY

GET OTHER VIRUSES, WHICH CAN

BE TRANSFERRED TO PEOPLE.

WE WANT TO BE VERY

CAREFUL AROUND THESE

DOLPHINS, WHAT THEY'RE DYING

FROM IS IN THE WATER.

ANYBODY WITH A COMPRISED

SYSTEM OR AN OPEN WOUND

SHOULD BE CAREFUL WHEN

THEY'RE SWIMMING IN THE

OCEAN ANYWAY, AND CERTAINLY

SHOULDN'T BE NEAR THESE

ANIMALS.

Reporter: RIGHT NOW

THERE IS NO WAY TO STOP THE

SPREAD OF THE VIRUS BETWEEN

THE DOLPHINS.

THE LAST MAJOR DIE-OFF OF

THIS KIND HAPPENED IN THE

1980s.

IT DEPLETED THE COASTAL

BOTTLE-NOSED POPULATION BY

HALF, AND THAT MAKES

SCIENTISTS VERY CONCERNED

ABOUT THIS YEAR.

IN VIRGINIA, THEY

SURPASSED THE NUMBER OF

ANIMALS THAT HAVE DIED IN

THE 1987, '88 DIE-OFF.

SO UNDERSTANDING HOW THESE

ANIMALS ARE AFFECTED BY THIS

MASS DIE-OFF IS VERY

IMPORTANT.

THIS MA MAMMALS ARE

PROTECTED BECAUSE THEY'RE

EVERYONE'S MAMMALS.

WHEN THERE IS SOMETHING

WRONG WITH THEM, IT IS

USUALLY AN INDICATION WE

HAVE TO LOOK AT OUR OCEAN AS

A WHOLE.

Reporter: THE '87-'88

DIE-OFF LASTED 18 MONTHS.

SCIENTISTS FEAR THIS EVENT

COULD LAST THAT LONG AS

WELL.

Mark: IT IS DISTURBING

TO LOOK AT.

WE HAVE AN UPDATED TOTAL ON

THE NUMBER OF DOLPHIN

STRANDINGS THROUGH

SEPTEMBER 16th.

ARC CORACCORDING TO THE

NATIONAL OCEANIC AND

ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION,

THE NUMBER OF STRANDINGS

FROM NEW YORK TO NORTH

CAROLINA SINCE JULY 1st

HAS NOW REACHED MORE THAN

500.

Mark: COLORADO IS

STARTING THE LONG RECOVERY

PROCESS AFTER LAST WEEK'S

UNPRECEDENTED FLOODING.

CREWS ARE WORKING TO QUICKLY

REBUILD 200 MILES OF STATE

HIGHWAYS AND 50 BRIDGES.

HUNDREDS OF HOMES WERE ALSO

DESTROYED AND THOUSANDS

DAMAGED.

"OPERATION BLESSING" HAS

BEEN WORKING TO HELP

COLORADO CHURCHES MEET THE

NEEDS.

OVER THE WEEKEND THEY

PARTNERED WITH LIFE BRIDGE

SURGE TO SEND OUT

VOLUNTEERS, AND THOSE

WORKERS HELPED RESIDENTS IN

LONGMONT AND THE SURROUNDING

AREAS WITH MUCH-NEEDED

CLEANUP.

BOY, "OPERATION BLESSING"

SEEMS TO BE EVERYWHERE.

I'M SURE THEY ARE A WELCOME

SIGHT.

THAT'S ALL FOR THIS EDITION

OF "NEWSWATCH."

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