Summary Report to the United Nations Council on South West Africa
by Ad Hoc Committee for the Development of an Independent South West Africa, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
Undated, about January 1968
American Committee on Africa
Report on an attempt of a private group of American citizens to enter South West Africa by plane from Zambia organized by the Ad Hoc Committee for the Development of an Independent South West Africa on December 6, 1967. The group was turned back by South African authorities in an attempt. The attempt to fly into South West Africa was organized to support and dramatize the United Nations Resolutions which terminated the mandate status of South West Africa and declared that South West Africa would henceforth be the direct responsibility of the United Nations. The confrontation with South Africa took place a mile in the air and ten minutes away from Windhoek. The five Americans who attempted the flight into South West Africa included: Samuel F. Ashelman, Jr., Economic Consultant with the International Cooperative Development Association; John L. S. Holloman, M.D., past chairman of the Medical Committee for Human Rights and past President of the National Medical Association; Flemmie P. Kittrell, Chairman of the Department of Home Economics, Howard University, Washington, D. C.; Lyle Tatum, Executive Secretary, Farmers and World Affairs; and coordinator of the group, George M. Houser, Executive Director, the American Committee on Africa. Includes excerpts from the Times of Zambia and the London Times. • The Project • The Confrontation • Members of the Ad Hoc Committee • Character of the Mission • Accomplishments of the Mission • Next Steps
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive