CFM News and Notes

by Committee for a Free Mozambique
New York, New York, United States
March 1972
6 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Portugal
Language: English
Newsletter and cover letter. The cover letter says last week we sent to FRELIMO nearly a ton of clothing which was collected from New York CFM members and from other groups, especially students a Lincoln University, responding to Bob Van Lierop's speaking tour. The cover letter says we want to remind you that Bob Van Lierop and Bob Fletcher, two Afro-American photojournalists who recently spent six weeks in liberated Mozambique, are available for speaking engagements for a small honorarium.  The cover letter says together with some Columbia University groups, CFM participated in demonstrations protesting university and American corporate involvement in Namibia and commemorating the Sharpeville massacre. The cover letter says we have acquired Margaret Dickerson's excellent new 30 minute color film, "Behind the Lines" which shows the Mozambique struggle against Portuguese colonial rule and the development of the new society in liberated Mozambique. The newsletter consists of an article TETE: NOW THE MAIN FRONT. The newsletter says Intensified activities by FRELIMO guerrillas in Tete province of Mozambique during the past year, and especially since August, 1971, have caused increasing difficulties to the Portuguese effort to complete the Cabora Bassa hydroelectric scheme along the Zambezi River. The newsletter says if completed, Cabora Bassa would be the largest dam and hydroelectric project in Africa, and would furnish most of its power to South Africa. The newsletter says the dam, if completed, would also provide irrigation for hundreds of thousands of acres of land, and the Portuguese have announced their intention to settle 1,000,000 whites in the Cabora Bassa area.  The newsletter says Cabora Bassa is a palpable symbol of continued white rule in Mozambique and Southern Africa. The newsletter says by December 1969, two months after the contract for construction of the dam had been awarded to ZAMCO, a consortium of South African, French, Swiss, German, and Portuguese companies, guerrillas were reported by the Portuguese to be "intimidating" the population. The newsletter says FRELIMO's own communique in September, 1970 stated that military operations had been expanded to affect all of Tete province north of the Zambezi; south of the river FRELIMO was still conducting no military actions but only political work. The newsletter includes a quote by Samora M. Machel. The mailing discusses the Rhodesian government, hit and run actions, mining and ambush operations, convoys, mine sweeping, FRELIMO guerrillas, Portuguese helicopters, troops, remote Portuguese military posts, General Kaulza de Arriaga, aldeamentos ("protective villages"), the Governor General of Mozambique Eduardo Arrantes de Oliveira, South African military officials, terrorization, and refugees.
Used by permission of former members of the Committee for a Free Mozambique.
Collection: Nancy Freehafer collection