AFRICAN FREEDOM FIGHTERS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES

the Liberation Struggle in Zimbabwe
by Freedom Information Service
with Zimbabwe News, Sarudzai Churucheminziva
Tougaloo, Mississippi, United States
March 1975
16 pages
Type: Pamphlet
Coverage in Africa: Zimbabwe
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: MY EXPERIENCES AS A ZANLA CADRE IN THE NORTHEAST • ZANLA WOMEN’S DETACHMENT • The pamphlet says the collapse of Portuguese colonial rule in Southern Africa has quickened the pace of the struggle to liberate all of Africa from white domination. Only Zimbabwe (“Rhodesia”), Azania (“South Africa”) and Namibia (“Southwest Africa”) remain under the political control of illegal white minority governments, but those governments are backed up by the armed might of the United States and NATO. The pamphlet says until Mozambique was liberated, Zimbabwe’s longest boarder was flanked by a government friendly to Ian Smith’s racist regime. Today Zimbabwe is nearly isolated, surrounded by independent black-ruled countries except for its relatively small area that boarders on South Africa. In this pamphlet, freedom fighters of the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army (ZANLA), the military arm of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), tell their own stories of the struggle for liberation. The pamphlet discusses Zimbabwe News, Ndabaningi Sithole, the 1964 Gwelo Congress, enemy soldiers, comrades, helicopters, gunfire, mercenaries, the Boers, patrol duties, war material, the ZANLA Women’s Detachment, and Tapson Mawere.

Used by permission of Ken Lawrence, a former member of the Freedom Information Service.
Collection: Private collection of Ken Lawrence