Bridge between Two Continents

Africa Defense and Aid Fund
by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York
Undated, apparently about early November 1959
5 pages
Type: Brochure
Coverage in Africa: South Africa, Central Africa, Kenya, Malawi
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: • Why a Bridge? • What is the Need? • What Can Americans Do? • Sponsors for Africa Defense and Aid Fund • The pamphlet describes several countries where the Africa Defense and Aid Fund can help meet legal needs. In Central Africa, an official British inquiry found no evidence of an alleged "massacre plot” by thousands of Africans who were arrested early in 1959 without charges. Yet hundreds are still imprisoned, and 50 Africans have been killed by police. Dr. Hastings Banda, imprisoned President of the Nyasaland African Congress, has consistently asked his African followers not to resort to violence. In South Africa, unrest grows as racist laws tighten and cost of living for non-whites increases. Police have attacked African women's meetings protesting pass-laws, injuring many. The treason trial has gone on for several years, costing nearly $300,000 in legal and welfare costs so far. In Kenya, official inquiries into the Hola detention camp revealed that political prisoners had been beaten to death. Members of opposition parties to the predominantly white government have been arrested under "emergency" measures, and newspapers have been banned. Tom Mboya, member of the Kenya Legislative Council, reports that 29 of his colleagues were arrested and are in need of legal and family welfare assistance. The Africa Defense and Aid Fund of the American Committee on Africa provides a unique channel to express American sympathy and support for Africans primarily in need of legal and welfare aid resulting from efforts to achieve democratic rights. [Note on date: This brochure was most likely part of the first mailing of the Africa Defense and Aid Fund that went out the week of November 9. 1959.]
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections