ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Sugar- False Hopes

the unilateral declaration of independence by the Smith regime have also substantially contributed to this anxiety. The heady feeling of being a beseiged enclave of freedom and Christian values (with a protective buffer of fellow-faithfuls) which sustained the country in the early years following UDI has given place to demoralisation and panic in more recent times. According to the Rhodesian government's own admission, since December 1972, 2,229 people had died in the war, including 170 security force members and 1,309 guerillas. Even more telling are the figures of migration of Europeans into and out of Rhodesia. According to the Central Statistics office Salisbury, in the years 1973-75, a period of intensified and sustained insurgency, the in-migration and out-migration figures for Europeans was thus :

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