On 25 May 1987, in the SAMBO district of HUAMBO province, Angola, 14 scho lars were jailed and 26 wounded in an aerial attack by Cuban air force jets. The school was completely destroyed.
On 10 June 1987, Cuban troops killed the school principal, Domingos Wahotir, in BAILUNDO district of HUAMBO province.
On 4 June 1987, in the KASSONGUE district, of CUANZA SUL province, after intensive aerial bombardment by Soviet Migs of the Cuban Air Force using napalm, 6 schools were destroyed and 3 teachers killed, with an unknown number of scholars wounded or killed.
A Frontline Mission team recently returned from a successful 3 month mission trip to war-torn Angola. At one point their boat sprang a leak and nearly sank in the river. They then had to carry all their equipment through waist high swamp - infested by snakes and crocodiles - for nearly a kilometre.
On other occasions our workers had to shoot poisonous snakes to safeguard other team members. By dug-out canoe, rubber dingy, truck and by foot they travelled from village to village proclaiming the Gospel.
The border with UNITA-controlled "Free Angola" was firmly closed. The border area was crawling with Namibian Defence Force (NDF) soldiers. Roadblocks and checkpoints controlled access to the border areas. According to the local people anyone trying to cross the border would be shot on sight. Several Angolan women had already been shot and thrown to the crocodiles in the river for attempting to obtain food, salt or cooking oil on the Namibian side of the border.
As an African, I will always be grateful for the role Ronald Reagan played in saving lives in Angola. In the 1980’s, I made multiple missionary trips into war-torn Angola.
As an African, I will always be grateful for the role Ronald Reagan played in saving lives in Angola. In the 1980’s, I made multiple missionary trips into war-torn Angola. At the time, there were over 50 000 Cuban troops in the country. The Communists had attacked and destroyed many churches. MiG-23’s and MI-23 Hind helicopter gun ships were terrorising villagers in Angola. I documented numerous of these atrocities, including the strafing of villages, schools and churches.
The ongoing wars in Angola and the Congo have led more than 220 000 refugees to flee from their homes to find sanctuary in Zambia.
When the Marxist MPLA forces launched a scorched earth offensive against the people of south eastern Angola, hundreds of villages were destroyed, thousands killed and tens of thousands fled.
“Remember…your Creator in the days of your youth, before difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, ‘I have no pleasure in them’” Ecclesiastes 12:1
Between August and September our Frontline Fellowship team had many wonderful ministry opportunities in southern and central Africa. Our Team continued with a program of Biblical Worldview Seminars in Zambia and Malawi, including a special program for Christian lawyers. We also had the privilege of ministering to the needs of Angolan refugees now inhabiting camps in Western Zambia.
n December the communist MPLA government of Angola launched a series of devastating artillery and rocket bombardments of towns and villages in South Eastern Angola. The SWAPO government of Namibia had allowed the MPLA forces to use Namibian territory to outflank the Resistance controlled areas to launch these attacks against those people in the UNITA controlled areas of Angola.
Entry into south-eastern Angola continues to be difficult as the access via Namibia's north-eastern border remains officially closed. The Namibian Defence Force sends out patrols and has guard posts along much of the border. The NDF are under orders to shoot to kill anyone attempting to cross the Kavango River. The blockade continues to cause much suffering for the inhabitants of south-eastern Angola, as they must cross over into Namibia to obtain medical or food supplies. The Field Director of Frontline Fellowship, reports:
More people have been reported killed in the 7 months following the UN supervised general elections in Angola than in the 16 year old civil war that it was supposed to end.
As towns are pounded into rubble by artillery, tank, mortar and rocket bombardments, as lines of refugees flee embattled towns, and as the body count of the dead continues to mount, accusations and attributing of blame fly back and forth. However, despite the prevailing chaos, some seem to have had no problem laying all the blame on the anti-communist UNITA movement and it’s veteran resistance leader Dr Jonas Savimbi. But research by members of Frontline Fellowship have found the reality not nearly that simple.
In the year following the United Nations supervised general elections in Angola, that country has been suffering under a frenzy of mass killings worse even than anything endured in the previous 30 years of war. In a systematic programme of ethnic cleansing the MPLA government has targeted the Bakongos and Ovimbundus for annihilation.