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The Aftermath of the Cassinga Massacre 9783905758801

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The Aftermath of the Cassinga Massacre

Survivors, Deniers and Injustices

Vilho Amukwaya Shigwedha

Introduction by Ellen Ndeshi Namhila

Basel Namibia Studies Series 17, March 2017

ISBN 9783905758801

It took the former South African Defence Force (SADF) less than four hours to kill more than eight
hundred Namibian refugees at Cassinga on May 4, 1978. Thousands of survivors were left with
irreparable physical and emotional injuries. The unhealed trauma of Cassinga, a Namibian civilian
camp in southern Angola before the massacre, is beyond the worst that the victims of the attack
experienced on the ground. Unacceptable layers of pain and suffering continue to grow and multiply
as the victims’ grievances and other issues arising out of the aftermath of the massacre have
been ignored, particularly following Namibia’s political independence.

In this book, the afterlife of the victims’ traumatic memories and their aspiration for justice vis-à-vis
the perpetrators’ enjoyment of blanket impunity from prosecution, in spite of their ongoing denial
of killing and maiming innocent civilians at Cassinga, are explored with the aim to create public
awareness about the unfortunate circumstances of the Cassinga victims.

Vilho Amukwaya Shigwedha obtained his PhD from the University of the Western Cape in Cape
Town for this study. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Namibia in Windhoek.

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