The German Jesuit chapel at St. Albert's Mission in Rhodesia's north was the scene of?
The German Jesuit chapel at St. Albert's Mission in Rhodesia's north was the scene of a service last week to mark the passage of one year since guerrillas led nearly three hundred adults and children off from the mission into the bush.
After the raid which took place on July 5th 1973, reports in Zambian newspapers and statements from the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) alleged that the students had gone with the guerrillas voluntarily, in an operation in which senior students in the Mission collaborated with the guerrillas. Rhodesian government and mission authorities said it was mass kidnapping.
The Mission, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in January, is now heavily protected by security forces. It is only 40 miles (60 kms) from the border with Mozambique, where moves towards imminent independence from Portuguese colonial rule have given an added boost to guerrilla activity.
Rhodesian chiefs are increasingly worried about the situation on the north-eastern border, and the tarmackadaming of roads, notably around St. Albert's, has been urged to fight the guerrillas' recent use of land-mines, which killed three Rhodesian army soldiers in their vehicle on Friday (23 August).