Kawambwa

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During the troubles in what was then the Congo, children away at school were flown in from Ndola because of the difficulty of crossing the Congo Pedicle which jutted into the country.

I spilled out of this RRAF Pembroke with a number of other children to face a military guard of honour. The Brigadier, who we had got a ride with, eventually found his way out to take the salute! Note the 'stick' at the back to prevent the aircraft from tilting.

We flew back from Fort Roseberry (Mansa) on a Dakota, landing at Ndola the day after Dag Hammarsjold, the UN Secretary General, had been killed in a crash nearby.

Our house in Kawambwa. The red shrub on the left is a poinsettia.

The grass shelter on the left kept the sun off the new seedlings. The line of banana trees was soon much larger in its setting by the small stream.

Our Rhodesian Boiler - the two 44 gallon petrol drums were arranged over a log fire to provide hot water. In Kawambwa, the water was carried by prisoners in half 44 gallon drums slung from a bamboo pole. A furrow brought water from the mushito or spring. We were all forbidden to enter this area of dense growth where a leopard was reputed to have its lair. In all the times we went there we never saw it! It was seen in the kitchen of the house next door though! The water supply was later piped.

Dennis Frost (centre) was awarded the OBE in 1961 whilst District Commissioner in Kawambwa.

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