[I am addressing this appeal to you on behalf of the people whom I represent]
by Michael Scott, International League for the Rights of Man
New York, New York, United States
October 13, 1954
Copy of a letter to The Chairman of the Fourth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly from Michael Scott, Observer, International League for the Rights of Man. (Letter was written while Scott was at the General Theological Seminary and also includes his London address at The Africa Bureau.) The letter is an appeal on behalf of the people in South West Africa seeking actions to overcome the deadlock between the United Nations and the Union of South Africa. This is the ninth year in which the United Nations has been occupied with negotiations and with the juridical and procedural aspects of this question. Scott asks for consideration of ways the specialized agencies of the United Nations could assist those of different races in South West Africa who are in dire need of assistance. The Committee noted the statement of the Union Government in 1946 that many children and older persons, particularly in the southern districts of the Territory, were undernourished owing to the severe drought. It also noted that outside the Police Zone, where most of the native population lives, there were no state hospitals, that the only hospitalization was provided by missions and that in an area where the disease rate seemed relatively high, the medical services were ''inadequate to meet the needs of the people.'' The African people of South West Africa have a great love for their land and their cattle. The letter mentions the United Nation Technical Assistance Program, malaria, UNICEF, poverty, shortage of food, the report of the Committee on South West Africa (A/2666), farming, and the Government Long Term Agricultural Policy Commission.
Collection: Winifred Courtney Collection, National Archives of Namibia