3. U.S. SUPPORTS "ONE OF THE MOST BRUTAL HOLOCAUSTS
Mozambique, a country on the Indian
Ocean bordering South Africa, is one of the world's leading victims of terrorism.
This nation of 14 million people is trying to resist brutal attacks by the Mozambique
National Resistance (RENAMO), a South African-armed and supported group. A U.S.
State Department official called it "one of the most brutal holocausts against
ordinary human beings since World War II."
The Mozambique government
calls them `bandidos,' but RENAMO, the 25,000-man army, says they are fighting
to overthrow the predominantly black, socialist, one-party government in power.
atrocities are so horrible many cannot even be imagined. So far, more than one
million, mostly innocent men, women, and children, have died as a result of this
barbaric war. 200,000 children have been orphaned or separated from their parents.
In pre-dawn raids, RENAMO come into villages firing automatic weapons into the
homes, indiscriminately killing everyone in their path.
Many of the atrocities
of these attacks are committed against the children. The numbers of girls raped
is incredible; reports say even girls as young as ten are becoming sexual slaves
for soldiers, all in an effort to stay alive. There may be at least 100,000 children
the RENAMO has trained and forced to kill. Children are kidnapped from their families
and marched through the bush without food. They're beaten. First they are trained
to kill animals and then human beings. This process can start at the age of eight.
One out of every three Mozambique children will die before they reach the age
of five. In terms of loss of life, that's equivalent to a jumbo jet filled with
children crashing every week.
Children see their families killed. One child
of nine, Franisse, related what happened when he was only six years old. RENAMO
came to his village in the middle of the night and grabbed him. They pulled his
arms up behind his back and forced him to light the house with his parents on
fire. When they came running out, they were decapitated. They cut his parents
into pieces and Franisse then was forced to pick up the pieces and put them into
a pot to be cooked. Then his mother's head was impaled on a post and they wrapped
a government flag around her neck, to show what happens when you support the government.
for RENAMO is believed to come from South African sources as well as conservative,
right-wing groups in the United States and Europe. According to RENAMO watch groups,
U.S. supporters of RENAMO include television evangelist Pat Robertson (Republican
Party presidential candidate in 1988); U.S. Representatives Dan Burton (R-IN)
and Philip Crane (R-IL); Jack Kemp, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development;
Senators Bob Dole (R-KS), Bob Kasten (R-WI), and Jesse Helms (R-NC). Jesse Helms
calls the RENAMO "freedom fighters." He tried to get Washington change
its policy on RENAMO but failed when the State Department reported that RENAMO
was responsible for 94% of all the killings investigated.
broadcast a segment on the horrors of Mozambique early this year, it is still
felt that the enormity of the holocaust there deserves far more media attention
and public response.
SSU CENSORED RESEARCHER: HELLER WAIDTLOW
1330 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10019
TITLE: "CHILDREN OF TERROR" and "AGAINST ALL ODDS"
ABC-TV News: JANICE TOMLIN and TOM JARRIEL
SOURCE: RENAMO WATCH Mozambique Support Network 343 South Dearborn,
Suite 314 Chicago, IL 60604
DATE: FEBRUARY 1990
TITLE: "RENAMO'S U.S. SUPPORT"
SOURCE: UTNE READER 1624 Harmon Place Minneapolis, MN 55403
DATE: November/December 1989
TITLE: "THE HIDDEN WAR IN MOZAMBIQUE"
AUTHOR: KALAMU YA SALAAM
COMMENTS: Joshua Lazerson, acting national coordinator for the
Mozambique Support Network, in Chicago, said that the media coverage
of the events in Mozambique has not improved in 1990. "The citation
from Project Censored is still very fitting," Lazerson said, "since
the Mozambique holocaust is still an unknown story. When we tell people
about what is happening, their reaction is one of shock -- 'Why haven't
we heard about this?'-- they ask." Lazerson adds that the public's
sense of shock is amplified when it learns that "upstanding"
citizens and organizations in the United States "have been responsible
for funding and speaking for the terrorist RENAMO group." Up-to-date
information about what is happening in Mozambique is available from
Lazerson at the support group cited above.