REPORT ON GUINEA-BISSAU, CAPE VERDE AND ANGOLA
CAPE VERDE (Part II)
by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
May 23, 1975
American Committee on Africa
Report on a trip by George Houser and Ray Gould to three islands of Cape Verde - Sal, Santiago (where the capital city of Praia is located), and Sao Vicente. Houser discusses why there is a sense of identity between Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau, despite their being several hundred miles apart. Houser discusses the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) and notes that many leaders and members of PAIGC in Guinea-Bissau are of Cape Verde origin. Houser discusses the geography and economy of Cape Verde. Ninety percent of the people are peasants. Houser discusses the extreme poverty and problems of food production, particularly with very limited fresh water on some islands. The industry with the greatest potential is fishing. Houser reports that Portugal provided about $12 million to Cape Verde in 1974 and 1975, with another $20 million coming from remittances of family members working abroad. Houser reports on health conditions, medical facilities, and the educational picture. Houser says independence has been set for July 5, and a transitional government is exercising general administrative control. Houser reports that the first government of post-coup Portugal under President Spinola was reluctant to recognize the PAIGC as the dominate political force on the islands, and the PAIGC organized two political strikes to force the Portuguese government to change its appraisal. Houser and Gould had a long discussion with Corentino Santos and Horatio Soares. Houser says one of the principle leaders in Mindelo is Luis Fonseca. Houser discusses Lineu Miranda of Solidarity Institute (Instituto Cabo-Verdians de Solidariedade). Houser discusses Abilio Duarte and Pedro Pires.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive