Namibia

nam30. Sponsor a Flower

On 4 May 1978 over 600 Namibian refugees were massacred by South African soldiers at Kassinga in southern Angola. This exhibition and fundraising social was held on the eleventh anniversary of the massacre. Seven hundred flowers were displayed in the shape of Africa and Glenys Kinnock unveiled a commemorative picture by an exiled Namibian. The event raised over £1,000 for rehabilitation projects in Namibia and Angola.

nam31. ‘Namibia for Freedom Angola for Peace’

On 4 May 1978 over 600 Namibian refugees were massacred by South African soldiers at Kassinga in southern Angola. This fundraising evening was held on the eleventh anniversary of the massacre in 1989. It raised over £1,000 for rehabilitation projects in Namibia and Angola.

she03. Shell Fuelled Kassinga

In May 1978 the South African Defence Force massacred over 600 people at a SWAPO refugee camp at Kassinga in Angola. They included 120 children. This leaflet accused Shell of being complicit in the killings because they supplied fuel for the SADF in its operations in Namibia and Angola. The leaflet was distributed on the 11th anniversary of the massacre in 1989.

pic8911. Namibia emergency campaign, May 1989

In December 1988 South Africa signed the UN Plan for the Independence of Namibia, which led to the holding of free elections in November 1989. With the Namibia Support Committee, the AAM set up the Namibia Emergency Campaign (NEC) to mobilise British support for Namibian independence and solidarity with the South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO). On 13 May 1989 the NEC held a conference where 200 delegates were briefed by SWAPO Labour Secretary Jason Angula.

pro17. Lawyers Against Apartheid Bulletin 3

Lawyers Against Apartheid’s 1989 Bulletin called for captured Umkhonto we Sizwe combatants to be treated as prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions. It also focused on South Africa’s violation of the Namibian peace accord.

nam36. Namibia Election Week

In December 1988 South Africa signed the UN Plan for the Independence of Namibia, which led to the holding of free elections in November 1989. With the Namibia Support Committee, the AAM set up a Namibia Emergency Campaign to mobilise British support for Namibian independence and solidarity with the South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO). This leaflet warned that South Africa was sabotaging the peace process. It called for continued support for Namibia after independence.

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.

nam37. Namibia Mobilising Conference

In November 1989 elections were held for a constituent assembly to draw up Namibia’s first democratic constitution. The South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO) won 57% of the vote. In Britain the Namibia Emergency Campaign set up by the AAM and Namibia Support Committee campaigned for continuing international support for the people of Namibia. This leaflet publicised a conference for grassroots activists in January 1990. The conference took place after the election but before the declaration of Namibian independence on 21 March 1990.