South Africa appealed on Friday (12 November) for United Nations aid for the growing number of refugees fleeing into Namibia from the fighting in Angola.
South Africa appealed on Friday (12 November) for United Nations aid for the growing number of refugees fleeing into Namibia from the fighting in Angola. South African police are reported to have claimed that a group of refugees were seized at gunpoint by Angolan and Cuban troops who had crossed the border in pursuit. They were taken back into Angola. The incident is said to have happened ten days ago and between 20 and 30 refugees were involved.
SYNOPSIS: Officials in Ovamboland in northern Namibia say that more than 8,000 refugees are now in camps administered by the South African authorities. Angolan Government troops recently launched a major offensive against the guerrilla forces of UNITA, the Union for the Total Independence of Angola, and the flood of refugees followed.
The South African authorities have a growing accommodation problem on their hands, as the numbers increase daily. They are also reported to be worried about alleged threats from the Namibian liberation movement, SWAPO, that it may get Cuban help for a large-scale attack inside the territory during the rainy season which has just begun. President Agostinho Neto of Angola, however, is reported as saying that Angola has no intention of sending its forces into Namibia. Meanwhile the victims of the struggle, mostly women and children to their best to survive in the face of an uncertain future.