Emotional Goodbye For Deportee
MR. NOLBERT NHEKAIRO a resident ol Mount St Mary's Mission bids an emotional farewell to Father Slevin
A PREDOMINANTLY black crowd of about 200 people, singing hymns and nationalist songs, gathered at Salisbury airport yesterday to give an emotional farewell to Father Paschal Marian Slevin, the deported head of the Roman Catholic Franciscan Order in Rhodesia.
Father Paschal told reporters at the airport:
"Overseas I intend to tell the truth as see it. I see the country (Rhodesia) as very oppressed, with no possibility of the people expressing themselves as dignified human beings. Their dignity has been completely disregarded."
Father Paschal said he had no immediate plans other than to take a "long rest". He said he hoped to return to Rhodesia, as there appeared to be signs of a settlement "just around the corner".
"I hope there is, because this bloodshed and savagery in the bush areas must be stopped because it is mainly the innocent people who are suffering.
"The war situation is very tragic, but it will take a very strong African leader to unite the African people."
Father Paschal said that although he had been deported, the work at Mount St Mary's Mission at Wedza, of which he was head, would go on.
He said: "There is a new priest there now. It is a service to the people which must not be hindered."
Folks - please keep your emotions tight - this happened and is part of our heritage.
Most know my personal views on issues like this but they must be recorded so the world knows what happened in Rhodesia.
It would be interesting to establish if Father Slevin did return to Rhodesia/Zimbabwe and if still alive is he still there?
Source: Rhodesia Herald, October 5, 1977 newspaper made available by Rob Picton (Intaf)
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