Missionary Martyrs of Rhodesia and Zimbabwe 1976-1988 by Ted Rogers SJ and edited by Paddy Kearney.
This is the story of 30 missionaries who gave their lives for others in Rhodesia and Zimbabwe between 1976 and 1988.
From Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, Britain and Italy, these men and women came voluntarily to Rhodesia and Zimbabwe to help provide services for those in need through their missions: doctors, nurses, teachers, a bishop, priests, brothers and catechists, all of them Catholics. Two of the martyrs documented in this account were local Zimbabweans, one a layperson, the other a priest.
The liberation war was fought in the rural areas of Zimbabwe where the vast majority of local people lived. As the conflict intensified the mission stations in these areas were vulnerable and often endangered. The missionaries posted to these volatile and remote situations were offered a move to towns or to their home countries. This they declined as they wanted to be with and share in the hardships of the local people. They stayed on and died.
For 51 years British-born Ted Rogers SJ lived in Zimbabwe where he served as a priest, teacher and Catholic social activist, especially in relation to AIDS. He was personally acquainted with many of the men and women whose lives and deaths are documented in this book.