Namibia Support Committee

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Alternate Names: Friends of Namibia
Duration: 1969 - 1993
Location: London, United Kingdom


The Namibia Support Committee (NSC) started in 1969 as the Friends of Namibia (FON) in order to support Namibian liberation movements and assist individual liberation activists. In 1971, when the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) was recognized as the 'sole and authentic representative' of the Namibian people, FON became a solidarity group to assist SWAPO. FON was recognized by the UN Council for Namibia and was renamed the Namibia Support Committee. The NSC aimed to raise public awareness of the country's particular problems and was active in organizing meetings, lobbying Parliament, etc, while in its solidarity function it arranged the transport of supplies to SWAPO's camps in Angola and Zambia. Much of its work was supervised by its sub-groups, including the Health Collective, Campaign Against Namibian Uranium Contracts and the SWAPO Women's Solidarity Campaign. Originally based in London, the Committee built itself into a national campaign from 1986 with a network of local Namibia Support Groups. It became a registered company in 1990 (the same year that Namibia gained its independence from South Africa) and was wound up in 1993. It has since been revived as a friendship society between Britain and Namibia under the titles Friends of Namibia Society and Friends of Namibia (Scotland).

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Title: Namibia Support Committee
Time Span: 1967 - 1993
Media: 31 boxes
Description: The Namibia Support Committee started in 1969 as the Friends of Namibia in order to support Namibian liberation movements and assist individual liberation activists. In 1971, when the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) had been recognized as the 'sole and authentic representative' of the Namibian people, it became a solidarity group to assist SWAPO. It was recognized by the UN Council for Namibia and was renamed the Namibia Support Committee. The Committee aimed to raise public awareness of the country's particular problems and was active in organizing meetings, lobbying Parliament, etc, while in its solidarity function it arranged the transport of supplies to SWAPO's camps in Angola and Zambia. Much of its work was supervised by its sub-groups, including the Health Collective, Campaign Against Namibian Uranium Contracts and the SWAPO Women's Solidarity Campaign. Originally based in London, the Committee built itself into a national campaign from 1986 with a network of local Namibia Support Groups. It became a registered company in 1990 (the same year that Namibia gained its independence from South Africa) and was wound up in 1993. It has since been revived as a friendship society between Britain and Namibia under the titles Friends of Namibia Society and Friends of Namibia (Scotland). A description available through Archives Hub Archives Hub and enter Namibia Support Committee in the search box.
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