NBC Evening News for Friday, Sep 08, 1978
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(Studio) Hopes for peaceful settlement of Rhodesia's problems in transition to black major rule earlier in year and increase in doubts about this noted. Report is on missionaries in Rhodesia, who are caught in middle of conflict.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Rhodesia) Missionary David Livingston noted as 1st white man in Victoria Falls area; colonizers followed. Black ntlists.' fight against colonizers with missionaries caught in middle reported [Missionary Mary Louise CLARK - says there are strong anti-Christian and anti-white attitudes among fighters in Rhodesia. Remarks on danger for her and others who are white missionaries.] Guerrilla murders of missionaries described; films shown. Funeral for Jesuit missionaries mentioned. Closure of Elen Mission because of such attacks stated. Sanyati mission, run by Baptists, cited as still open. Only 2 physicians, one of whom is Dr. Maurice Randall of Tennessee, reported as coming to Sanyati. Effects of mission closures on health and education of people in Rhodesia described. Case of Reverend Jim Deermore and wife, Georgia, of Texas, who work in Kashal Valley, one of most dangerous sections, noted; their practice of carrying guns so that they can work in bush reported [DEERMORE - baptizes man.] Deermore's answer to pacifism based on Bible practiced by most missionaries stated. [DEERMORE - thinks missionaries will have to carry guns or they'll be killed or forced to leave.]
REPORTER: Martin Fletcher