About 8,000 Angolans spent the first anniversary of their independence from Portuguese colonial rule on Thursday (11 November) in refugee camps in Namibia administered by South African authorities.
AERIAL VIEW PAN OVER Angolan refugee camp in Namibia
GV Refugees walking around in camp (2 shots)
SV Woman smoking pipe
SV PAN People walking around in camp
SV Medical staff walking through camp
SV Refugees lining up for treatment
CU Babies crying (2 shots)
Sources quoted by Reuters news agency say that the Angolan government flew in reinforcements to back up its 'search and destroy' campaign against southern pockets of guerrillas from the Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA). The sources say that the UNITA forces, led by Dr. Jonas Savimibi, had staged a successful rearguard action against the pro-government troops.
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Background: About 8,000 Angolans spent the first anniversary of their independence from Portuguese colonial rule on Thursday (11 November) in refugee camps in Namibia administered by South African authorities.
SYNOPSIS: The recent flood of refugees from fighting between the government and opposing factions is the latest in a long line of civilians trapped in the continuing struggle for power in Angola. Those who left their homelands during the recent fighting said that the Angolan government wanted to crush the last vestiges of armed opposition before the anniversary.
Refugees also told reporters that the pro-government forces had been using scorched-earth tactics, destroying crops and livestock in a wide area of southern Angola. Some 3,000 refugees, mostly women and children, crossed into Namibia this month. bringing this year's refugee total to 6,000, adding to those who fled last year.
Many of them were in need of medical attention, and teams of South African doctors and nurses have been examining their new influx of patients.
To add to their suffering, many of them have seen friends and relatives die, and there have been reports that Cuban-backed government forces were trying to stem the exodus by shooting people climbing over the border fences.