THEY WAIT IN DARKNESS by

THEY WAIT IN DARKNESS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The story of George Shepherd's work in behalf of the Federation of Uganda African Farmers is an important one in the relationship of the West to the underdeveloped areas and colonial peoples. Shepherd was the first white man on the staff, and appealed to businessmen and settlers in terms of enlightened self-interest, organizing a widespread cooperative which would need more educated leaders, contacting important Indian figures. He traveled to Kenya to see Apa Pant and had two distressing meetings with the bitterly anti-white Kenyatta. He struggled to change the pricing and marketing system which gave non-Africans preferential treatment. Sir Andrew Benjamin Cohen's advent as Governor brought action and victory, but the financial problems of the cooperative forced Shepherd to go home to America to raise funds. When urgently requested to return to Uganda, he found that his passport was being withheld on false charges. Shepherd is particularly disturbed over American attitudes which indicate so little understanding of the delicate relationship between the Westerner and African. He calls for an end to our neutrality in regard to colonialism, and imperialism in face of our military alliances. A thoughtful dedicated book with much to say on its subject- but will it find an audience?

Publisher: John Day