Thirteen students and staff and four local Africans were still missing on Monday (July 9) out of the 292 pupils and staff abducted at gunpoint by guerrillas from St.
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SCU Father Maurice Rea during interview
"So I went over there and in a kind of schoolmaster's way shouted out: 'What the hell's all this noise about'. And then out of the darkness appeared an African with some kind of camouflaged uniform on and he told me to shut up and I said: 'Who the hell are you?'
He said: 'I am a freedom fighter.'
I said: 'No, you're merely 'mampare', which is kitchen kaffir for 'miserable nitwit'. Then he gave me a hit on the side and knocked my glasses off and grabbed hold of them and a young priest there Father Freyer, said to me: 'Father you don't realise the situation is very difficult and tense so don't do anything to upset him'.
He turned to this terrorist and said: 'Don't mind that priest. He is an old man of no importance'. So the terrorist gave me my glasses back, then he turned' to all of us and said: 'I want you all to go behind that building', pointing to the kitchen girls little residence. So they all want off with the terrorist and I didn't follow them. I said I preferred to go back to the sitting room where there was a nice warm fire. So I went back there."
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Background: Thirteen students and staff and four local Africans were still missing on Monday (July 9) out of the 292 pupils and staff abducted at gunpoint by guerrillas from St. Albert's Mission near Centenary, Rhodesia last Thursday night (July 5).
Rhodesian security forces were pushing on through dense bushland between the Jesuit Mission and the Mozambique border 50 miles away (80 kms) in search of the guerrilla band and their remaining captives.
On Monday the pupils who escaped from their captors were apparently showing signs of delayed shock after their ordeal. At the school many of the pupils were restless and were refusing to return to their studies and wanted to go home. The guerrillas were reported to have been looking for "recruits". One of the teachers at the remote mission, Father Maurice Rea explained what happened when the seventeen strong band arrived at St. Albert's.