Memorandum on the South West Africa Emergency

by American Committee on Africa
with George M. Houser
New York, New York, United States
December 14, 1959
3 pages
Type: Memorandum
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, United Nations
Language: English
The memorandum includes a cover letter. The memorandum says a shameful act of violence against the African people in the capital city of Windhoek, South West Africa, took place last Friday, December 11. South West Africa is an "international" territory governed by the Union of South Africa. The information contained in this memorandum comes primarily from cables from South West Africa and from a telephone conversation which Mrs. Jane Kerina, wife of one of the petitioners from South West Africa, held with three African leaders in Windhoek. On December 11 fifty armed police fired on several thousand Africans who had gathered peacefully in the African Location in Windhoek. Twelve Africans were killed and more than thirty seriously wounded. A state of emergency has been declared by the government. Some months ago the government declared its intention of removing all the Africans to a place some miles from the city. • The background of the incident • South West Africa -- A UN responsibility • What you can do
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