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Phillips Brooks House has received word that all Harvard and Radcliffe volunteers in Tanganyika are safe, and that the situation there is calm. Seven teachers associated with PBH's Project Tanganyika are currently working in private schools near Dar es Salaam, the capital city.

PBH officials became worried Tuesday when they were unable to make contact with members of the project. : A revolt by the Tanganyikan army resulted in rioting in the city and its suburbs Monday and Tuesday.

The Dar es Salaam office of the African-American Institute, a private organization sponsored by the Ford Foundation, notified its New York headquarters yesterday morning that the volunteers were unharmed. PBH received the news at noon yesterday in a telegram from New York, according to Alison B. Liebhafsky, '64, director of the project.

Five of the volunteers teach at the Kurasini Training Center, a secondary school for refugees from South Africa and Mozambique, operated by the Institute. Two others teach at St. Mary's Institute, a private elementary school for poor Tanganyikans. Both schools are located in suburbs of Dar es Salaam.

The revolt broke out Monday among members of the First Battallon of the Tanganyika Rifles, and quickly spread to the civilian population. The army objected to low pay and to the detention of British officers in positions of command.

The revolt ended Wednesday when an African was appointed commander-in-chief. Dar es Salaam was reported to be returning to normal yesterday.

Members of the Proqect are Gail Gillam, '65, and Judith R. Welis, '65, who teach at Mary's Institute, and Susan M. Contratto, '65, Catherine E. Robins, '65, Andrew Fedders, '63, John D. Gerhart, '65, and Christopher Z. Hobson, '63, who teach at the Kurasini Training Center.

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