Aden: At Full Flood

Down upon arid Aden last week poured a torrent of rain so great that four-foot floods washed through the streets, cutting electricity and water service, destroying food and—such is the temper of the place—ruining large caches of ammunition stored secretly in many homes. The downpour, the worst in recorded history, delayed for a while the arrival of some distinguished visitors: a three-man team of United Nations observers sent to investigate the difficulties that Aden is experiencing in its transition to independence from Britain in 1968. The visitors might as well have stayed at home. Violence, too, was at full...

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