By Ryszard Kapuściński, Katarzyna Mroczkowska-Brand
In 1975, Angola used to be tumbling into pandemonium; each person who may used to be packing crates, desirous to abandon the beleaguered colony. along with his trademark bravura, Ryszard Kapuscinski went the opposite direction, begging his was once from Lisbon and luxury to Luanda—once famed as Africa's Rio de Janeiro—and chaos.Angola, a slave colony later given over to mining and plantations, was once a promised land for generations of negative Portuguese. It had belonged to Portugal seeing that ahead of there have been English-speakers in North the US. After the cave in of the fascist dictatorship in Portugal in 1974, Angola was once brusquely separate from, spurring the disaster of a still-ongoing civil conflict. Kapuscinski plunged correct into the center of the drama, using previous hundreds of thousands of haphazardly put check-points, the place utilizing the incorrect shibboleth was once an issue of existence and loss of life; recording his imporessions of the younger soldiers—from Cuba, Angola, South Africa, Portugal—fighting a nebulous struggle with international repercussions; and interpreting the bizarre brutality of a rustic shocked and divided via its newfound freedom.Translated from the Polish by way of William R. model and Katarzyna Mroczkowska-Brand.
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He didn’t kill anybody. Ju-Ju orders the next one brought in: a Bakongo, with hair that begins right above his eyebrows, reeling in terror. , then asks where the nearest FNLA troops are. This one doesn’t know. It was so mixed up that he doesn’t know who was captured and who got away. One mercenary shouted at him, “That way, that way,” and he obeyed and ran right into the MPLA, while the mercenary took off in the other direction and escaped. Among his fellow prisoners, he knows nobody. He and four others were sent from Ambriz to Caxito.
My dear fellow, I’ll say no more than this: I’ve lost the fruits of a life’s work. Besides, where we lived in Lumbala two UNITA soldiers grabbed me by the hair and a third poked a gun barrel right in my eye. I consider that sufficient reason to take leave of my senses. No criterion won general approbation. The despondent crowd swarmed around each plane, and hours passed before they could work out who finally got a seat. They have to carry half a million refugees across an air bridge to the other side of the world.
This country has been at war for five hundred years, ever since the Portuguese came. They needed slaves for trade, for export to Brazil and the Caribbean and across the ocean generally. Of all Africa, Angola supplied the greatest number of slaves to those countries. That’s why they call our country the Black Mother of the New World. Half the Brazilian, Cuban, and Dominican peasants are descended from Angolans. This was once a populous, settled country and then it was emptied, as if there’d been a plague.