In Rhodesia, news has just emerged of the burning and looting of one of the country's main hospitals.
In Rhodesia, news has just emerged of the burning and looting of one of the country's main hospitals. The incident, one of the most violent acts of destruction to take place in Rhodesia in recent times, occurred in February, when for five days 1000 black tribesmen ran amok. Roman Catholic Church officials, missionaries and local police are at a loss to explain the rampage, which reduced St. Paul's Mission School and Hospital near Lupane to a wasted ruin.
SYNOPSIS: The modern 140-bed hospital, church and school complex, covering 70 acres (28 hectares) and worth at least 500,000 U.S. dollars, was literally torn apart by the people it had served for 18 years. Black Nationalist guerrillas were not to blame, and Rhodesian police said the guerrilla leaders had in fact beaten 49 suspected ringleaders for wrecking a hospital valuable to the area.
Although St. Paul's was sacked in February, not news of its destruction had travelled beyond the immediate area. The destruction has sent ripples of alarm through Rhodesia's small community. West German Doctor Joanna Davis, now in charge of medical mission work at nearby St. Luke's said she could only think that some form of madness had come over the people involved.