Magazine article New Internationalist

[Death of Dignity: Angola's Civil War]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Death of Dignity: Angola's Civil War]

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Victoria Brittain's short, harrowing book Death of Dignity charts the terrible destruction of Angola. If ever a people have deserved a chance of peace it is the Angolans. After decades of benighted rule by the Portuguese dictatorship, independence in 1975 brought only strife and civil war as the superpowers used Angolan political groups as proxies in their Cold War. In the years following independence, Ronald Reagan and the minority regime in South Africa armed their willing puppet Jonas Savimbi as his Unita organization left a trail of devastation across the country, Only the commitment of Cuban troops in battles against Unita and South African and Zairian invaders prevented Angola joining Namibia as a buffer state for apartheid. With the Soviet Union's collapse, Angola was no longer a cockpit for ideological confrontation and in September 1992, through UN supervized elections it appeared that the time for peace and rebuilding had come. But when Jose dos Santos's MPLA beat Unita at the polls, Savimbi, true to form, reneged on his promises and unleashed yet another round of civil war on this long-suffering country. …

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