Detained to Death: Hundreds of Detainees in Critical Health as Hunger Strike Grows

by The Africa Fund
New York, New York, United States
February 1989
2 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The mailing says detainees in South Africa are now in the third week of a hunger strike, which has grown to include some 300 prisoners. The health of many of these detainees is deteriorating; some are in critical condition and have been taken to hospital. There are more than 2,000 political detainees, many of whom have been held without charge or trial for over two years. The mailing urges people to write to or cable South African President P.W. Botha and Mr. Adrian Vlok, Minister of Law and Order demanding that they release all detainees immediately. The mailing says anti-apartheid South Africans have declared March 12 National Detainees Day. Demonstrations in honor of detainees are being planned in South Africa and people in the U.S. are urged to make March 12 a day of protests, as well. The mailing includes the article "3 hunger strikers on glucose drips" from the February 2, 1989 issue of the South African newspaper The Star.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to The Africa Fund).
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections