by Clergy and Laity Concerned
New York, New York, United States
Undated, 1983
2 pages
Type: Leaflet
Coverage in Africa: Angola, Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Cuba, United Nations
Language: English
The leaflet says Namibia, illegally occupied by racist South Africa, is being robbed of its wealth by U.S. corporations along with South Africa, while its people are denied their rights to freedom and independence. The vast majority of people live in poverty, and tens of thousands of men are contract laborers who are separated from their families for long periods. Corporations repatriate up to 90 percent of their profits produced by these laborers. Non-violent resistance by Namibians have resulted in imprisonment, torture, and mass repression by the South African occupiers. SWAPO (the South West Africa People's Organization) has been leading the struggle for independence, and observers in Namibia attest to SWAPO's wide popular appeal. Currently, there are between 75,000 and 100,000 South African troops in Namibia, against the will of the Namibian people and international public opinion. The leaflet asks people of faith to act in solidarity with the people of Namibia in their just struggle for human rights and independence, while South African and U.S. intransigence have stalled negotiations for Namibia's independence. In May 1978, South African jets bombed a Namibian refugee camp at Kassinga in southern Angola, and nearly 1000 Namibian children, women, and men were massacred. More than 700 paratroopers carried out a "mopping-up" operation. Over 200 survivors were captured and taken back to Namibia, and at least 118 of the prisoners are still being held in a concentration camp at Hardap Dam. They have been tortured brutally, they have never been charged or tried, and their families have not been allowed to see them. Namibian Christians who make up the majority of the population ask for your support and solidarity. People are asked to write to their members of Congress. The leaflet reprints NAMIBIAN CHURCHES PROTEST STALEMATE IN FREEDOM TALKS including AN OPEN LETTER TO THE WESTERN FIVE CONTACT GROUP by the Executive Committee of the Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN) from Dateline: Namibia, published by the Lutheran Church in America (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). The leaflet mentions United Nations Security Council Resolution 435, Cuban troops in Angola, United National Council on Namibia Decree No. 1, extraction or export of Namibia's wealth, apartheid, the Non-Aligned Nations, the World Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches, The Africa Fund, the American Committee on Africa (ACOA), and the Southern Africa Support Project. • CALL FOR ACTION • FOR MORE INFORMATION ON NAMIBIA
Used by permission of former members of Clergy and Laity Concerned.