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by International Defense and Aid Fund for Southern Africa
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Undated, about January 1974
Publisher: International Defense and Aid Fund for Southern Africa
14 pages
Contents:  HOW MUCH LONGER by Kenneth N Carstens • EDUCATION FOR POLITICAL PRISONERS IN ZIMBABWE by Eddison Zvogbo • REPUBLIC OF GUINEA-BISSAU PROCLAIMED • PARTIAL LIST OF FAMILIES OF POLITICAL PRISONERS IN SOUTH AFRICA • EXILED BISHOP VISITS U.S.: Tells of New Atrocities in Namibia • STRUGGLE IN ZIMBABWE AND MOZAMBIQUE INTENSIFIES • SENATE VOTES TO RESTORE BOYCOTT OF RHODESIAN CHROME, House Vote Still to Come • ANGOLAN OIL: ANOTHER KUWAIT? • Rights Without Remedies Are Better Than No Rights at All • BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTES • The newsletter includes excerpts from three poems (A LETTER TO MARTHA by Dennis Brutus, JUDGEMENT OF THE BLACK MAN by Kaoberdiano Dambara, and FREEDOM'S CHILD by James Matthews) and from APARTHEID IN PRACTICE by Leslie Rubin (defining Communism, Residence Permits, Racial Classification, and Reference Books). The newsletter says Eddison Zvobgo has been a leader in virtually every African political party in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia), each of which the colonial regime has quickly banned; he was imprisoning from 1964 to November 1971. He then helped form the African National Council (of which Bishop Abel Muzorewa is General Secretary), which fought successfully against the proposed Anglo-Rhodesian agreement in spring of 1972. On September 24, 1973, the Republic of Guinea-Bissau was proclaimed at the first meeting of the People’s National Assembly of Guinea; the declaration came after 17 years of political and armed struggle against Portuguese colonial rule led by PAIGC (African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde). Colin Winter, Anglican Bishop-in-Exile of Damaraland, Namibia (S.W. Africa), toured the U.S. to raise funds for Defense & Aid. Winter learned from his Assistant Bishop that five men and four high school girls had been publicly flogged. He also learned that Archdeacon Philip Shilongo would be deported by South African authorities; one of his 'crimes' was refusing to stop black students from singing freedom songs. A former Portuguese soldier recently gave evidence of Portuguese atrocities in Mozambique in a letter published by the Swedish journal DAGENS NYHETER. FRELIMO (Front for the Liberation of Mozambique) has advanced far south of Mueda; in the northern quarter of the country, it operates freely and has built schools and clinics and developed cooperative farms. Catholic priests serving in the Tete region published eyewitness accounts of a massacre by Portuguese soldiers of an entire village of 400 people known as Wiriyamu. The U.S. Senate voted to restore a U.S. boycott of Rhodesian chrome by repealing the “Byrd Amendment.” The newsletter provides contact information for family members of some political prisoners held in prison in South Africa and others who died or were executed in prison. The newsletter promotes the publication series INFORMATION SERVICE MANUAL. The newsletter mentions Robben Island, the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), the Christian Council of Rhodesia, NATO, resolution 2918, Clyde Sanger, the Canadian Council for International Cooperation, Silvino da Luz, the Anti-Apartheid Movement,  the International Court of Justice (ICJ, World Court), the Ovambo people, A DWELLING PLACE OF OUR OWN by Randolph Vigne, Robert Mugabe, the Rhodesian Front, Des Frost, Luis Carvalho Fernandes, MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola), the Gulf Oil Company, the Gulf Boycott, the Pan African Liberation Committee, the Gulf Boycott Coalition of Dayton, the Dutch government, William Cox, Reverend L. John Collins, the Special Committee on Apartheid, the U.N. Trust Fund, and the Brasilia Human Rights Seminar.
Used by permission of a former staff member of the International Defense and Aid Fund for Southern Africa, United States Committee.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root