They Wait in Darkness

They Wait in Darkness

They Wait in Darkness

They Wait in Darkness

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I decided to write this book, not because the work which I carried on in Africa was in itself especially significant, but because what is happening in Africa today is terribly important to all of us. The sleeping giant is awakening and beginning to throw off the chains which have bound him to the ignorance and misery of the past. These chains of colonialism, tribalism, white supremacy, disease, and poverty are being broken one by one, and the great question arises: Once this giant is free, what will he do with his freedom and what will be his attitude toward the Western democracies?

We need to know as much as we can about the average African who is, in almost one generation, leaping out of his primitive tribal world into the technological age of the twentieth century. I have lived and worked for two years among the African people, studying their minds and their aspirations. Their story needs to be told. This is what I have attempted to do.

I have dedicated this book to two of my African friends with whom I have labored long and hard for goals we did not always achieve. It is my hope that this book will help to clarify the aims of such nationalist leaders as Abu and Ignatius so that they may be better understood and accepted by the powers that be. But most of all, I wanted to preserve the memory of a friendship which cut across barriers of race and culture that in our world too often divide man from man. For a brief time we shared the same food, slept under the . . .

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