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Leaving Algeria and Living in Tanzania

Leaving Algeria and Living in Tanzania

(p.128) 7 Leaving Algeria and Living in Tanzania
Black Panther in Exile
Paul J. Magnarella
University Press of Florida

In 1972 Pete and Charlotte O’Neal and their young son left Algeria for Tanzania where some African Americans from the mid-West had immigrated in response to the Tanzanian ambassador’s invitation to contribute to Tanzania’s building. On the way, Pete meets with Libya’s Muammar Khadafi, who gives him a ring and monetary aid. After a brief stay in Dar es Salaam, the O’Neals move to Ngaramtoni and become farmers. Charlotte explains why she wanted to leave Algeria in favor of Tanzania. In 1974 Tanzanian officials arrest many of the African American immigrants after discovering a small number of undeclared firearms in a shipment of household goods sent to them from the U.S. Police also arrest Pete O’Neal for possessing a walkie-talkie. The arrest and incarceration experience, known as the “Big Bust,” caused many of the Americans to leave Tanzania.

Keywords:   Pete O’Neal, Charlotte O’Neal, Muammar Khadafi, Dar es Salaam, Big Bust

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