ZA COM MR-AAO-193
International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa : [Part 1]
- 1965 - unknown (Accumulation)
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The Boldeian Library holds some materials covering the period 1963-1991.
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IDAF started in 1956 as Christian Action, later becoming the British Defence and Aid Fund which started its work with the 1956 Treason Trial in South Africa. IDAF became an international organisation in 1965. The South African Defence and Aid Fund was banned in 1966. Over the years, many national affiliates and branches were set-up. It smuggled millions of pounds into South Africa to defend thousands of political activists and provided aid to their families. It paid lawyers to defend political detainees and provided financial support families of political prisoners. It published numerous books and films on repression in South Africa.
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IDAF started in 1956 as Christian Action, later becoming the British Defence and Aid Fund. IDAF became an international organisation in 1965.