Front line states

pic8816. Protest against visit by Jonas Savimbi

Jonas Savimbi, leader of the South African-backed Unita organisation in Angola, was met with widespread protests when he visited London in July 1988. An advertisement was placed in the Independent newspaper and demonstrators picketed the Royal Institute of International Affairs, which hosted a meeting for Savimbi. The British Foreign Office gave assurances that Savimbi would not be officially received.

lgs38. North-East Wales Freedom Festival

This Festival brought together speakers from the Namibia Support Committee and Wales AAM with the Cuban ambassador, who spoke about his country’s support for Angola against South African aggression. The conference was followed by an evening concert with music from the Cardiff Red Choir and singer songwriter Maria Tolly.

fls10. ‘The Front Line States and Apartheid’ conference

This conference brought together over 100 activists, experts and representatives of the frontline states to discuss the new situation in Southern Africa after Namibian independence in 1990. It highlighted the need to publicise the economic dislocation caused by South African aggression against its neighbours. It looked forward to the building of new post-apartheid links between groups in Britain and the frontline states.

gov53. Overcoming the Apartheid Legacy in Southern Africa

This memorandum to the Foreign Office and Overseas Development Administration described the impact of apartheid on the countries of the Southern African region. It argued that Britain had a special responsibility to help them overcome the legacy of aggression and destabilisation.

fls12. Angola: The World’s Forgotten War

The Angola Emergency Campaign was set up by the AAM and the Mozambique Angola Committee to publicise the devastation caused by renewed civil war in Angola in 1992. It called for international sanctions against UNITA and material support for the government of Angola.

po133. Solidarity with Angola Isolate Unita

In October 1992 the civil war in Angola resumed when UNITA President Jonas Savimbi refused to accept the result of the UN-brokered elections, won by MPLA. The Angolan Emergency Campaign was set up by the AAM and the Mozambique Angola Committee to inform people in Britain of the situation in Angola.

fls11. Angola: Stop the Terror

Leaflet publicising a meeting on the first anniversary of elections in Angola in September 1992. UNITA, led by Jonas Savimbi, refused to accept the result of the elections, won by the MPLA. Angola was plunged into renewed civil war, with hundreds of thousands of people fleeing their homes. The Angola Emergency Campaign was set up by the AAM and the Mozambique Angola Committee to draw public attention to the Angolan war.

po179. ‘Mozambique Now!’, 1994

In October 1994 Mozambique held its first multi-party elections after 18 years of civil war. Under the slogan ‘Mozambique Now!’ the AAM and the Mozambique Angola Committee lobbied the British government to help ensure that the opposition group RENAMO observed the Mozambique peace agreement reached in October 1992. They worked to ensure that British organisations were better informed about the situation in Mozambique and pressed for more international election observers.