Menu JTA Search

United Hias Service Working with State Department to Resettle Ugandan Asians

United Hias Service is one of seven voluntary welfare organizations that have agreed, at the request of the State Department, to participate in the program of resettling the estimated 6000 stateless Ugandan Asians who have been expelled from their country. The US government has agreed to absorb 1000 Ugandan Asians, admitting them under the Attorney General’s parole authority.

Gaynor I. Jacobson, executive vice-president of United Hias Service, indicated that his agency will take 50 families, or about 160 persons, and plans to settle them in New York, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and St. Louis. The seven private agencies are members of the American Council of Voluntary Agencies for Foreign Service, a group organized after World War II to help refugees and stateless persons and provide other relief services.

“Jews have long memories,” Jacobson stated in explaining why his organization has volunteered to help the stateless. “Need I say more?” The first planeload of stateless Ugandan Asians is scheduled to arrive this evening with 80 refugees aboard.

NEXT STORY