In East Berlin, 20 wounded guerrillas from the South-West African People's Organisation (SWAPO). have been?
In East Berlin, 20 wounded guerrillas from the South-West African People's Organisation (SWAPO). have been receiving medical treatment after being injured in the guerrilla war for independence in Namibia (South-West Africa). The group half of a party of 40 recently airlifted from angola, where most SWAPO forces are based , and bring the number of SWAPO guerrillas given hospital treatment in East Germany in the last 18 months to 150.
SYNOPSIS: The East German news agency announced that the SWAPO guerrillas received their injuries when South African troops invaded Angola at the beginning of May and Attacked the mining town of Kassinga. This was the headquarters of SWAPO, lying about 160 miles (about 260 kms) from the border with Namibia. The raid came at a critical point in the efforts of the United States and Britain to find a peaceful settlement in Namibia.
The leaders of SWAPO have now accepted the plan for the transition to independence and negotiations are taking place on Namibia on the organisation of elections and the end of 60 years of South African rule of the territory. Two of the injured Guerrillas described how they were wounded in Angola.
East Germany has been one of the main suppliers of aid to SWAPO which is both a political and a guerrilla movement and is recognised by the United Nations.