Contact Lost With African PBH Mission
Worried Phillips Brooks House officials said last night that they were still unable to make contact with seven Harvard Radcliffe volunteers stranded in the riot-torn capital city of Tanganyika.
The seven students, members of PBH's Project Tanganyika, are living in the suburbs of Dar es Salaam, where new fighting in a revolt by the army against its British officers broke out yesterday.
The American embassy in Tanganyika said yesterday that it believed all United States citizens in the country were safe and that no American property had been seized. But all communication with the country has been cut off.
An attempt by PBH officers to place a telephone call to the volunteers in Dar es Salaam yesterday morning was unsuccessful. They will try again to get through to members of the Project sometime this morning.
Alison B. Liebhafsky '64, director of Project Tanganyika, said yesterday she is "fairly confident that none of the volunteers will be harmed. They're all quite popular with the Tanganyikans," she said.
Miss Liebhafsky, who spent the summer in Tanganyika but returned to Radcliffe in September, said that the revolt came as a considerable surprise to her and other Project officials in Cambridge. "Tanganyika is the most unlikely place for a disturbance in all of Africa," she said.
Dar es Salaam was reported relatively calm last night, after several British officers had been fired from their positions. President Julius Nyerere went on the radio in the evening and denounced the violence as a disgrace to all Tanganyikans.
Violence erupted on Monday, when the First Battalion of Tanganyika's Army mutinied in Dar es Salaam. The army objected to a low pay scale and to the continuance of British officers in positions of command.
The army mutiny quickly spread to the civilian population and street mobs were soon streaming through the Asian quarter in the heart of the city. Yesterday, the army revolt broke out again in the suburbs around Dar es Salaam.
Project Tanganyika is run by Phillips Brooks House with money raised from local subscriptions and foundation grants. The volunteers are chosen by PBH officers.