Book on Cassinga massacre launched

10 May 2017 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 10 MAY (NAMPA) – A book on the aftermath of the Cassinga massacre was launched here on Tuesday.
The book titled ‘The Aftermath of the Cassinga Massacre: Survivors, Deniers and Injustices’ was launched just after the country commemorated Cassinga Day on 04 May.
Cassinga was a Namibian civilian camp in southern Angola where the South African Defence Force (SADF) launched an attack on 04 May 1978 killing more than 800 Namibian refugees.
The book is authored by Vilho Amukwaya Shigwedha, a history lecturer at the University of Namibia (UNAM).
It depicts the victims’ traumatic memories and aspirations for justice vis-à-vis the perpetrators’ enjoyment from punishment exemption in spite of their denial of killing and injuring innocent civilians.
The book also aims to create awareness about unfortunate circumstances of the victims of the massacre.
Scholars from UNAM and the University of Science and Technology and some of the survivors of the massacre attended the launch.
Speaking at the occasion, Shigwedha said it was not an easy journey writing the book.
He said he experienced a lot of setbacks when he had to conduct research at different institutions inside and outside the country, especially in South Africa, Pretoria in the South African Defence Force archives.
Shigwedha said setbacks prolonged finalising the book, however, locating and interviewing the survivors was not difficult since a lot of them were willing to be interviewed.
He thanked the survivors for availing their time to be interviewed, noting the painful experience they endured, adding that the book should be an encouragement to the survivors to seek justice.
“This book should encourage you to create platforms for recognition for the injustice you have gone through,” said the author.
The emotional Shigwedha than added that everyone has a story to tell about Cassinga, but history should be told as it is.
The book can be purchased for N.dollars 250 at all bookstores in Windhoek.
(NAMPA)
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