Britain: The Girl Without a Country

Africa's march to independence has given most of the Dark Continent back to its black majority. But it is also worsening the lot of the area's most significant nonwhite minority—the Asians of East Africa. Thousands of Indian, Pakistani and Goanese immigrants, who for many decades dominated commerce and small trade in Kenya and Uganda, could become in effect, stateless persons.

Last week their plight was cruelly dramatized by the case of Ranjan Vaid. Brought from India as a baby in 1948, the slight, bright-eyed girl spent most of her 22 years in Kenya. When Britain granted the colony independence in...

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