Frontline Fellowship field workers have received reports of Marxist atrocities in BEI province in the villages of Camakup, Katabola, Chiuka, Kambandua, Ringoma, Chimbuzoque, Kavango and Ngando. The MPLA (FAPLA) soldiers engaged in gang rapes, looting, indiscriminate murders and summary executions of “counter revolutionaries” and resistance “sympathisers” in these villages. Each of these eight villages were then burnt down, destroying the people’s homes and belongings.
In CUANZA SUL, MOXICO and HUAMBO provinces, villagers often testify of similar massacres and atrocities committed by the State Security Wing (MINSE) of the MPLA government.
The MPLA leader, President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, on 10 January 1989, at ceremonies marking the departure of the first Cubans from Angola under the Brazzaville accord, told the Cubans:
“Your contribution to our country is unforgettable . . . Your names are engraved in the memories of the Angolan people.”
As if to emphasise in what way they have made an impact on Angolan society, that week Cuban forces killed forty civilians and wounded sixty-one in the indiscriminate bombing of women and children working in the fields outside the villages of Ocivundo and Onguenge, in LUNDA province.
In fact, as a consequence of Cuban military intervention, their violation of the Alvor Agreement of January 1975, and the resultant Civil War in Angola:
To the Angolan people, such an unforgettable contribution must surely be engraved in their memories.