Speaking truth to power: The killing of Dag Hammarskjöld and the cover-up

UN Secretary General Hammarskjöld was assassinated by plane crash in 1961.

Journal of People

by  Henning Melber and Susan Williams

Pambazuka News22 September, 2016

For decades, the former colonial powers have written the history of the night in which the second UN Secretary-General and his companions died in a plane crash in Zambia. But a new history is about to be written if the recent momentum to find the full truth is anything to go by.

Fifty-five years ago, shortly after midnight on 18 September 1961, an aircraft crashed on its approach to Ndola airport in the British colony of Northern Rhodesia, which is now Zambia. On board were 16 people: the UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, the members of his mission, and the Swedish crew. The sole survivor, who spoke of “sparks in the sky” and said the plane “blew up”, died six days later.

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6 thoughts on “Speaking truth to power: The killing of Dag Hammarskjöld and the cover-up

  1. My intuition tell me that Dag Hammarskjöld death was a precursor to 4 other assassinations in 60’s it also leads to circumstantial evidence that John and Othar Shalikashvili were evolved bcause Othar Green Beret were in Congo a year before and John was Army instructor in Surfes to Air Missle’s SAM”s There Father was Czarist and Mother related to hidh ranking Nazi’s.


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