One Beat of a ButterflyÕs Heart

One Beat of a ButterflyÕs Heart

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In this book we are given a unique view of East Africa of the 1950s; not the stereotyped picture of wildlife safaris and leaping Masai, but the emerging independence struggle of a new African nation from the viewpoint of a white police office, in an exceptionally detailed, thoroughly readable, firsthand account of a rare period of recent history. It tells how an Australian veteran, fresh from the Korean War, became a colonial police officer in Tanganyika Territory (later Tanzania after federation with the offshore islands of Zanzibar in 1964). AŠ The reader is taken on a journey which tourists in Africa never see: from back alleys and police cells in the polyglot city of Dar es Salaam, to snake-infested camps on UgandaARuanda border patrols, and on police field force emergency operations from barracks at the foot of Kilimanjaro. There is much here to discover about a mostly benign semi-colonial period in Africa which lasted less than fifty years, passing, in one AfricanA•s description, as briefly as a butterflyA•s heartbeat; where a few conscientious white administrators and their loyal African assistants managed vast regions of a desolate territory with remarkably selfless care and scarce resources; where things worked most of the time, but sometimes where chaos reigned. It is about the country itself, its ubiquitous animals and its people at close range, including villagers, criminals, hunters, witch doctors, and colonial officials, but most of all, the African askari policemen who were the authorA•s closeA‘and often onlyA‘companions.Moving into the Upanga Road police mess brought me closer to many of my fellow officers, not only in the geographical sense, ... This is how it is made up: All the constables and NCOs are African local recruits, of many tribes. ... In theory, promotion is open to everyone from the ground up, based on education, achievement and length of service. ... other (disappearing) colonies, thus blocking promotion opportunities, but this was of little interest to policemen at the bottom of the ladder, anbsp;...

Title:One Beat of a ButterflyÕs Heart
Author: Ronald Callander
Publisher:30 Degrees South Publishers - 2014-10-19

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