June 12, 1989
Hundreds of Angolans are fleeing into neighboring Namibia to escape fighting between right-wing rebels and Angolan government troops, a Namibian government spokesman said. Up to 700 Angolans were reported to have entered northern Namibia, causing a major headache for U.N. officials, who are preparing to repatriate thousands of Namibians after years of exile. An international airlift of Namibian refugees starts today, the latest stage in the colony's U.N.-organized transition to independence from South Africa.
April 12, 1989 |
The U.N. peacekeepers had just stepped down from their trucks in remote bushland on the Namibian border here Tuesday when they had their first run-in with South African troops--over where to put up the blue-and-white U.N. flag. The South Africans had constructed a sturdy flagpole, next to their own flag, for the banner marking the opening of a U.N. assembly point for South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) rebels seeking refuge and safe passage back into Angola. But Australian army Sgt. Dave Sinai, of the U.N. contingent, was worried that the guerrillas would shy away if the U.N. flag were flying too close to the South African bunkers.
April 15, 1989 |
South African military intelligence detected a buildup of rebel forces across the Namibian border with Angola back in January. South Africans monitored guerrilla meetings, saw the arrival of fresh uniforms and heard talk of an invasion to "finally chase the Boers out." But when South African officials complained to the world, as they often do, few believed them. Just as South Africa had warned, though, the guerrilla buildup developed into a major cross-border incursion by the South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO)
April 23, 1989 |
Winds whipping off Antarctic Ocean currents are stopped cold here by the steep, apricot-colored dunes of one of the world's oldest deserts. The progeny is the Swakopmund fog, gripping a mostly uninhabitable stretch of African beachfront longer than the California coast. Such mischief from Mother Nature has made Namibia the continent's hidden, forgotten colony. Its raw landscape, flanked on the east and west by the Kalahari and Namib deserts, has been sealed off from most of the world for centuries.
March 22, 1990 |
Tens of thousands of Namibians took to the streets Wednesday in a riot of pomp, color and pageantry to celebrate their nation's independence. The world's newest nation, which became the 160th member of the United Nations, launched a massive street party to mark the end of colonial domination, first by imperial Germany and since 1915 by neighboring South Africa. President Sam Nujoma and his Cabinet were installed by U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar.
May 10, 1992 |
A 19-year-old model and part-time masseuse from the African nation of Namibia was named Miss Universe on Saturday. "I'm just the lucky one. My fellow contestants are just as beautiful," Michelle McLean told reporters. Miss Colombia, 21-year-old university student Paola Turbay, was first runner-up, and Miss India, 20-year-old model Madhushri Sapre, took third place. There were 78 contestants. McLean won $250,000 and a sports car.