Students from a research camp in Tanzania where four fellow students were kidnapped by African raiders on Monday (19 May) related their experience to newsmen in Nairobi on Thursday.
GV Students seated for news conference; Jonathan Wain-right speaking.
GV Jim Baugh speaking.
WAINWRIGHT: "I was woken up at about one o'clock by a member of the African staff. He was speaking Swahili and I speak no Swahili. So I couldn't understand what he was saying but I gathered that something was very wrong. So I took my torch and went out and decided that I'd better go and tell Emily van Zinnic Bergman who is in charge of administration at Gombe that something was wrong. I was with a friend of mine and on the way up to her house we saw her clothes and a typewriter scattered down the path. So we decided that something was very, very wrong and we'd better go and tell Jane Goodall straight away. So we went down the hill onto the beach and as we were going along towards Jane Goodall's house, we heard a boat leave and so we looked and very, very indistinctly we saw a shadow of a long boat moving out into the lake. We told Jane Goodall that something was up and she suggested that we went along to the African staff camp to see if we could find out exactly was going on.
Again, we had problems because they spoke Swahili and we couldn't understand them, but we got the idea that four students had been taken. We then went to try and find some of the other students and after about twenty minutes search in the hills we managed to find them. We then spent about an hour and a half, two hours -- I forget, I can't remember -- hiding in the hills, just hoping that everyone had gone and there was nobody left around."
BAUGH: "The rangers near Sanga were beaten to got them to talk. Extremely brave men. The Tanzanian rangers, was that clear?".
REPORTER: "They actually fought in your defence, did they?"
BAUGH: "The soldiers said they would kill them if they didn't talk, didn't say where the white people were and they never said. We were right above the hills, and they could have gone easily to get us, but they never said where we were."
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Background: Students from a research camp in Tanzania where four fellow students were kidnapped by African raiders on Monday (19 May) related their experience to newsmen in Nairobi on Thursday.
During the night raid in the camp, known as the Gombe Game Research Centre, run by English anthropologist Jane Goodall, one Dutch Student and three Americans were abducted.
At the news conference, one of the students, Jonathan Wainwright, 19, from Bournemouth, England, said he saw a boat moving out into Lake Tanganyika. He added that they hid in the hills for more than an hour until the raiders were gone.
Another student, Jim Baugh, 21, from California, said the African staff were very brave and despite threats of death, they did not reveal the students' hideout.
Tanzanian police and troops searching for the missing students believed that the students are being held in Zaire.
Evidence collected so far has tended to confirm first reports that about 40 armed men raided the isolated jungle camp. The motive for the kidnap is still not known.