by Denis Herbstein - £16.99 James Currey Publishers (2004)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780852558850 | ISBN 10: 0852558856
Behind the clerical dog collar he wore as Canon of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, John Collins ran a single-minded, constantly creative campaign over several decades to provide material support to those waging the struggle against apartheid - assisting leaders like Nelson Mandela and thousands of township and rural activists, as well as families who suffered because their loved ones were in prison, in exile, or dead.
The success of the organisations he founded, the International Defence and Aid Fund (IDAF) and Christian Action, depended on a network of volunteers across the world and a small group of South African exiles and British workers in London. South African intelligence agents tried to penetrate these networks, but to no avail.
This story, of a remarkable man and a remarkable human rights organisation, is told here for the first time.
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