Scouting in Zaire . . .
Ed Darrell (EDarr1776@AOL.COM)
Sat, 22 Feb 1997 23:54:30 -0500
One of my news searchers came up with an Associated Press story about
Scouting in Zaire, a small snippet of which is quoted below
If you don't see this in your local paper, perhaps you could give a call to
the managing editor and ask her or him to run it. They might just do you a
It's a good story, and inspiring -- Ed Darrell, Duncanville, Texas
.c The Associated Press
By KARIN DAVIES
BUKAVU, Zaire (AP) - On the anniversary of their founder's
birth, Boy Scouts wielding machetes slashed down tall grass and
uprooted weeds Saturday on the grounds of a hospital for those
wounded in Zaire's civil war.
The Scouts in rebel-controlled eastern Zaire celebrated not only
the 140th anniversary of the birth of Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the
British founder of scouting. They also celebrated their freedom.
For 14 years, President Mobutu Sese Seko had banned the Scout
Association and replaced it with a youth group to promote his own
repressive form of politics.
``We continued to be Scouts, but secretly,'' said troop leader
Emmanuel Missige Amani, 48. ``We couldn't wear our scarves, and we
had to meet in churches. But we kept doing good deeds.''
In 1986, Scout leaders revolted, he said, and Mobutu allowed
them to rejoin the Scout Association, the world's largest
international youth organization, with a membership of 25 million
boys and girls in 142 countries.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City