Almost 400 weary black teenage students returned to their homes on Friday (31 March) after being abducted from a Rhodesian mission school by black nationalist guerrillas.
Almost 400 weary black teenage students returned to their homes on Friday (31 March) after being abducted from a Rhodesian mission school by black nationalist guerrillas. The kidnapping was carried out by Mr Joshua Nikomo's Zimbabwe African People's Union and involved 424 children and teachers, who were abducted from the British Methodist mission school at Tegwani on Wednesday (29 March) night and taken across the Rhodesian border into Botswana.
SYNOPSIS: Of the 424 students and teachers taken 395 returned home along the hot, dusty road into Rhodesia. The rest stayed in Botswana with the guerrillas. They had been force-marched along road in the other direction and mission staff said the guerrillas inside Botswana had told them they would be killed if they tried to cross back into Rhodesia. However they did return despite the threats, but now the future of the mission school is in doubt. The children will be returned to their homes until a decision is made. Some of the boys said they had been kicked and beaten by the guerrillas.
The students said they had a hard time and little food, but sandwiches were waiting for them back inside Rhodesia. Many of the youngsters were unwilling to talk to reporters about the abduction, but some told of being beaten by the guerrillas with rifle-butts and kicked for not moving quickly enough. The school principle.
Mr. Khumalo, and his wife were abducted with their students.