Zimbabwe medical drive

by Zimbabwe Medical Drive
Seattle, Washington, United States
Undated, about late 1978 or early 1979
4 pages
Type: Brochure
Coverage in Africa: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, United Kingdom, United Nations
Language: English
The brochure says Africans fighting a war for freedom in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) need your help. The U.S. media shows the war in Zimbabwe as a series of terrorist attacks on white settlers who are only interested in a peaceful solution which protects their rights as citizens; we are not told that the illegal Smith regime has been built on years of violence against the African people. U.S. foreign policy projects Rhodesia as a place to stop the spread of "Russian-supported" revolution in Africa. The brochure discusses the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) in 1965 and the Ptarioc Front, form in 1976 by ZANU (Zimbabwe African National Union - leader, Robert Mugabe) and ZAPU (Zimbabwe African People's Union - leader, Joshua Nkomo). An estimated 4,600 South African troops stationed in Zimbabwe assist the Rhodesia Army, along with several thousand American and European mercenaries. In order to isolate the illegal Smith regime, the United Nations in 1968 passed mandatory sanctions against all trade with Rhodesia; since then the U.S. has supplied Smith with mercenaries, oil and weapons. The brochure describes the medical needs of this war, including outbreaks of tuberculosis, malaria and cholera in the refugee camps with poor sanitation and crowded living conditions. The Zimbabwe Medical Drive in Seattle is a group of Zimbabweans and North Americans working together to raise money and educate the American public about the situation in Zimbabwe and the nature of American interests there. The brochure discusses Cecil John Rhodes, European settlers, the Land Apportionment Act, Ndabaningi Sithole, the African National Council, Abel Muzorewa, freedom fighters, guerilla attacks, the Liberation Committee of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the Byrd Amendment, strategic minerals, Senators Helms and Hayakawa, Union Carbide. Mobil, Shell Oil, and Jeremiah Chirau. • What is Zimbabwe? What is Rhodesia? • What is the background of the war in Zimbabwe? • Who is fighting the war? • What kind of war is it? • What is the Internal Settlement? • What are the Sanctions? Why is the U.S. interested in Zimbabwe? • The Zimbabwe Medical Drive • SUPPORT CHIMURENGA
Collection: Southern Africa Solidarity in the U.S. Pacific Northwest (Selma Waldman collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections