WERE SOUTHERN AFRICA'S PEACE HOPES BURIED WITH MACHEL?

by Carol Collins, IPS Features, Institute for Policy Studies
Washington, DC, United States
November 11, 1986
Publisher: Institute for Policy Studies
4 pages
Type: Article
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Article by Carole Collins, a contributor to IPS features, Southern Africa Internati6nal Affairs Representative for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). The article says last week, amidst anguished tears and wails under a somber gray sky, I joined hundreds of thousands of Mozambicans, heads of state, and liberation movement representatives in a deeply emotional farewell to President Samora Machel, buried following his death in an air crash inside South African territory; it may well be that hopes for a more peaceful end to the widening conflict in southern Africa were buried as well. The article says Samora's death sent shock waves across southern Africa; virtually no one other than U.S. and some other western diplomats believes the air crash that killed Machel was an accident. The article discusses Zambian President Kaunda, Mozambican National Resistance (NMR or also known as RENAMO), President Banda, the Front Line States, the African National Congress (ANC), economic sanctions, Congress, apartheid, crushing foreign debt, South African-backed violence, "constructive engagement", schools, and hospitals.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root