by Solveig Kjeseth, Namibia Concerns
Dubuque, Iowa, United States
Epiphany [January] 1982
Publisher: Namibia Concerns
5 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The newsletter says drought has affected the already scarce food supply; the war with South Africa has escalated; in spite of a propaganda barrage that would have us believe that apartheid has been abolished, the truth is that arrest, torture, and mistreatment by South African forces is on the increase. The newsletter asks people to write letters of support to Bishop Kleopas Dumeni, Evangelical Lutheran Ovambokavango Church; Rev. Albertus Maasdorp, Exec. Secretary, Council of Churches in Namibia; Rev. Hendrik Frederik, President, Evangelical Lutheran Church in SWA/Namibia; and Dr. Abisai & Selma Shejavali, Paulinum Theological Seminary. The newsletter says through trade, investment, and bank loans, the United States does much to support the racist system in South Africa; at its 1980 Convention, the American Lutheran Church (ALC) voted to sell the stock we own in companies that do business in South Africa; we also voted to urge our government to impose economic sanctions on South Africa. The newsletter says negotiations to obtain a ceasefire and withdrawal of South African troops from Namibia are underway; it is essential that our government insist on U.N. supervised elections without any further concessions to the South African government. The newsletter asks people to write to President Reagan and their Senators and Representatives, asking them to press for independence for Namibia according to the conditions of U.N. Resolution 435, without any amendments. The newsletter says the South African government is spending enormous amounts of money trying to influence public opinion in this country; one of their agents is a man named Marion Smoak, a retired State Department officer. The newsletter discusses Abisai and Selma Shejavali, prayer, solidarity, John Evenson, the LCA (Lutheran Church in America), economic advocacy, political advocacy, Rev. David Rokke, the ELOC (Evangelical Lutheran Ovambokavango Church), U.S.-Namibia Trade and Cultural Council, the DTA (Democratic Turnhalle Alliance), the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO), the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of South West Africa, Council of Churches in Namibia, the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, Engelhard !Noabeb, the Namibia Fund, and Wartburg Seminary. Contents: BACKGROUND OF THE SITUATION IN NAMIBIA • Introduction to the Fund
Used by permission of former members of National Namibia Concerns.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root