Angola Support Committee

by Angola Support Committee
Eugene, Oregon, United States
Undated, about first quarter of 1976
2 pages
The report says today 300 American mercenaries are fighting alongside the FNLA forces (National Front for the Liberation of Angola), while 3,000 U.S. troops in the Azores are on alert for possible action; another 300 mercenaries are ready to go after undergoing training in Ft. Benning, Ga. which includes weapons training, interrogation techniques and the Portuguese language; the Associated Press reported that $49.2 million has already been spent by the CIA and that more money is being authorized. The report says CIA funds are being channeled through Zaire to hire British mercenaries to fight for the FNLA in Angola; the London Observer quoted the Security Advisory Services spokesman as saying the organization had received $564,000 in the past three weeks and at least 300 Britons would be sent to fight. The report says the People's Republic of Angola is a sovereign nation; it won its independence on November 11, 1975 after 500 years of colonial rule; the MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) represents the legitimate government of Angola and is recognized by 23 African nations and almost all the Socialist countries whereas UNITA (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) and FNLA have not been recognized by a single country. The brochure says the MPLA is transforming the daily lives of the Angolan people. Women are no longer bound to their traditional roles; in the area of health care the MPLA has instituted medical assistance services (SAM); the educational process in liberated Angola is an integral part of transforming the society. The report discusses Holden Roberto, Jonas Savimbi, Mobutu, Cabinda, the Organization of Angolan Women (OMA), the Young Pioneers, the National Union of Angolan Workers, and the Center for Revolutionary Instruction.
Collection: Bob Guldin Southern African Collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections