Our Dream Has the Size of Freedom: The Struggle for Liberation in Mozambique

by Committee for a Free Mozambique
New York, New York, United States
8 pages
Type: Pamphlet
Coverage in Africa: Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Germany, Portugal
Language: English
Contents: Our Dream has the Size of Freedom • The Colonial Background • The People Fight Back: FRELIMO • Building a New Mozambique • Partners in Oppression • Support for the People of Mozambique • What We Can Do • The pamphlet says Mozambicans are a poetic people and their words paint a vivid picture of the past and future of their country today, about 20,000 armed men and women of the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) together with more than one million Mozambicans liberated from Portuguese domination add new petals to the flower of the Revolution. The pamphlet says having seized about one-third of their country, fighting against more than 75,000 Portuguese soldiers, Mozambican people now live as they never have before: they attend school, go to health clinics, participate in local democratic government councils, fight with the militia, grow new crops. The pamphlet says they face tremendous handicaps, the colonial legacy as well as daily napalm bombings, but their vision is one ultimate total victory, not only against the immediate Portuguese colonial enemy, but against all forms of oppression. The pamphlet says the accomplishments of the liberation forces were made evident to all in July 1968, when delegates from all parts of Mozambique met at the second FRELIMO Congress, held in liberated territory (Niassa Province); the Congress was attended by representatives of other liberation movements, including PAIGC (African Party for the independence of Guine) and MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola), with which FRELIMO is allied in its struggle against Portuguese colonialism. The pamphlet discusses Rhodesia, NATO, French and American helicopters, napalm bombs, South African soldiers, American money, investments, Zimbabwe, Namibia (South West Africa), South Africa, Eduardo Mondlane, Prime Minister Caetano, PIDE (now called DGS), armed struggle, Cabo Delgado, FRELIMO Women's Detachment, an orphanage, Boeing 707, the State Department, Bell Helicopter, Textron Corporation, the Cabora Bassa Dam, Alcan Aluminum Ltd., Barclays Bank, General Electric Company (GE), Samora Machel, and the Organization of African Unity (OAU).
Used by permission of former members of the Committee for a Free Mozambique.
Collection: Private collection of Richard Knight