[One of the most interesting parts of my recent trip to Africa was my attempt to visit Namibia]
by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
American Committee on Africa
Houser discusses his attempt to visit Namibia with the first and only visa granted to date by the United Nations Council for Namibia. Houser reports that this action is only one of many ACOA has taken to support freedom for Namibia and oppose South Africa's de facto racist control there. Following the International Court's opinion on Namibia, ACOA recruited a committee of lawyers to prepare a statement of the obligations of the United States in the light of the Court's opinion. An ACOA delegation secured a meeting with U. S. Ambassador to the U. N. Bush to ask for U. S. implementation. Following the court opinion, ACOA also helped finance a SWAPO (South West African Peoples Organization) delegation to the United States, and an official in that delegation became the first liberation movement representative to be heard by the U. N. Security Council. The mailing includes clips from U.S. and African newspapers with these titles: 1) Houser lashes at US firms, 2) Airline Foiled Namibia Visit, 3) Houser faces Namibia ban, 4) U.N. Told Strike By Miners Continues, 5) American Committee on Africa scores illegal rule of Namibians by New York based mine combines, and 6) Namibia Problems Persist; Airline Policy Disputed. (American Metal Climax Corporation and Newmont Mining company jointly own Tsumeb, the largest base mineral mine in Namibia.)
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections