The estimated two-and-a-half thousand refugees who fled from Angola in the past two weeks are being given shelter in make-shift camps in Namibia.
The estimated two-and-a-half thousand refugees who fled from Angola in the past two weeks are being given shelter in make-shift camps in Namibia. Unconfirmed reports say Angolan government troops led by Cuban forces and aided by guerrillas of the South West African People's Organisation have been indulging in wide-scale massacres of supporters of the rival party, UNITA.
SYNOPSIS: Earlier this year, the civil war in Namibia's neighbour put into power the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola -- the MPLA. The frontier area was the scene of intense activity as South African troops retreated from their forays into Angola while backing the rival National Union for the Total Independence of Angola -- UNITA -- which controlled most of the southern half of the nation bordering on Namibia.
And now it's the result of continued UNITA guerrilla activity and reprisals from MPLA government forces that has caused the recent flood of refugees, according to reports from Namibia based on eyewitness accounts. The refugees themselves say they fled from indiscriminate massacres of men, women and children. One man in this camp of 400 refugees, and Angolan village headman, said that MPLA soldiers and SWAPO guerrillas came to his village, Odila. They killed 25 men and took away many others, he said, after accusing villagers of harbouring UNITA soldiers.
Among the refugees were orphans from a group of more than 200 children whose parents were killed.