OVER 500,000 NAMIBIANS DIED IN ANGOLA DURING LIBERATION WAR

WINDHOEK, May 4 — Over 50,000 Namibians, among soldiers and civilians, were killed in Angola, during the liberation struggle which led to the independence of Namibia in 1990.

The information was provided Friday in Windhoek by the former Namibian president, Sam Nujoma, to Angolan journalists.

Sam Nujoma was speaking at the ceremony of reception of the five caskets containing the remains of officials of the South West Africa People Organisation (SWAPO) who fell in the Angolan territory during their country’s national liberation struggle.

The ex-president stated that this number is the result of the losses suffered in military clashes and South African regime’s airstrikes on the SWAPO guerrilla bases and civilian camps that accommodated women and children alike.

He said that Angola’s unconditional support was crucial and made it possible for the self-determination and independence of Namibia.

Sam Nujoma on the occasion thanked president José Eduardo dos Santos and the Angolan people for the support for the remains of the former SWAPO fighters and officials to be transferred to their mother country, after more than thirty years buried in Angola.

SOURCE: ANGOP