During the six years of fighting in Rhodesia, many African children have left for nationalist camps in Zambia and Mozambique.
During the six years of fighting in Rhodesia, many African children have left for nationalist camps in Zambia and Mozambique. It's been reported that some have been taken to the Soviet Union, but most receive some education and military training at camps run by the black nationalist forces.
SYNOPSIS: This is the Jason Ziyapapa Moyo camp, just outside Zambia's capital, Lusaka. It is run by the Zimbabwe African Peoples Union (ZAPU) and is named after a senior ZAPU official who died tow years ago in a parcel bomb explosion. These boys, who claim they were tortured by Rhodesian security forces, are only a few of the thousands of children in the camp. They range in age from six to 20 and many will soon join the ZAPU guerrilla forces.
ZAPU has to educate, clothe and feed some 15,000 refugees in Zambia, mainly school-children. The numbers have strained ZAPU's administration and the group has been receiving help from the Cubans, some of whom are based in Zambia.
Mr Joseph Dupute, in charge of the camp's secondary schooling, spoke of some of the problems.
ZAPU's leader, Mr Joshua Nkomo, has said that the Patriotic Front would be victorious by next April. And ZAPU is hoping that the children trained here will help achieve that victory.