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 asking for action. The memorandum reports that, on December 11, fifty armed police fired on several thousand Africans who had gathered peacefully in the African Location in Windhoek, the capital of South West Africa. 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 to remove all the Africans from the city. Information in the memorandum comes primarily from cables from South West Africa and from a telephone conversation which Jane Kerina, wife of one of the petitioners from South West Africa, held with three African leaders in Windhoek. • The background of the incident • South West Africa -- A UN responsibility • What you can do
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive