An Irish Catholic priest deported from Rhodesia has alleged that Africans there are living in constant fear of atrocities committed by the Rhodesian security forces.
MV Deported priest Father Pascal Slevin speaking
STILLS from leaflets (2 shots)
MV Slevin continues speaking (2 shots)
REPORTER: "Have you actually seen any atrocities committed yourself?"
SLEVIN: "I haven't actually seen any atrocities."
REPORTER: "What have you seen?"
SLEVIN: "I have seen men who have been kicked and beaten. I've had cases in the hospital of people whom I knew but whom I did not recognise--because of the state of their face. I've seen any elderly woman with a plaster on her arm. She was brought into the hospital because she was walked on by the security forces and her arm was broken. I have seen young kids in the hospital with lacerations and with welts on their body from beatings by what they called fan belts of cars."
"REPORTER: "You're saying that the Rhodesian security forces actually used electric shocks on school-children your schoolchildren?"
SLEVIN: "I am. And that is true."
REPORTER: "How do you know that happened if you did not see it?"
SLEVIN: "From what the pupils told me."
REPORTER: "And you think that they can be trusted and they are telling the truth?"
SLEVIN: "The details into which they went was absolute evidence for me that this could not be concocted by a pupil who knew nothing about it."
REPORTER: "You said at your press conference that you buried a mother and child who had been shot. Under what circumstances?"
SLEVIN: "Under what circumstances I buried her?"
REPORTER: "Under what circumstances were they shot. Do you know?"
SLEVIN: "From the family I was given the details. I was told that she was out in the field; that some of the guerrillas passed by and greeted her; that a little later on there was shooting. A contact between the guerrillas and the security force and the two members of the security force -- a white man and a black -- came to her and I was told that she was sort of sleeping with the guerrillas. Then the white man is supposed to have said to the black man 'Shoot her'. And both child and mother were killed. I asked how do you know that all this happened. And they said there were two young men herding cattle quite close by and saw the whole incident taking place."
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Background: An Irish Catholic priest deported from Rhodesia has alleged that Africans there are living in constant fear of atrocities committed by the Rhodesian security forces. Father Pascal Slevin said many blacks looked upon the security forces as terrorists and the guerrillas as liberators. The 43-year old priest ran a school and hospital mission station at Wedza, 80 million (130 kms) from the Mozambique border. He said his mission had a close relationship with the guerrillas in its area and he had long frequent conversations with the. Father Slevin, who was deported on Friday (7 October) after 15 years in Rhodesia, told a news conference in London on Saturday (8 October) of electric shocks applied to schoolchildren and of random beatings of Africans.