Testimony of Sister Janice McLaughlin, M.M.

by Sister Janice McLaughlin
Washington, DC, United States
April 2, 1979
Publisher: Washington Office on Africa
18 pages
Type: Testimony
Coverage in Africa: Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Testimony before the Subcommittees on African Affairs and on International Organizations of the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs about the growing violations of human rights in Rhodesia and the consequent increase in the number of refugees in neighboring countries. Sr. Janice McLaughlin, a Maryknoll Sister, explains her participation in the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in Rhodesia and her imprisonment and deportation from Rhodesia in 1977 and her visit to refugee camps in Mozambique in 1978. Her detailed testimony discussed numerous tactics being used against the guerilla movements, including hangings of capture soldiers, starvation of communities, the role of the Selous Scouts in terror operations, the significance of private armies of participants in the internal settlement government, and attacks on refugee campaigns in neighboring countries. She also spoke about complicity of the United States and Britain.
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root