The Forgotten Angolan Massacre
On May 27, 1977, an uprising within Angola’s ruling Marxist-Leninist party, MPLA, turned into a national massacre. Hundreds and possibly thousands of Angolans were murdered.
Lara Pawson, a former BBC correspondent in Angola, learned about the massacre and was determined to uncover the truth. She discovered how the trauma from 1977 still affects Angolans today. A nationwide chilling effect furthers the government’s goal of hiding this event.
Pawson wrote “In the Name of the People: Angola’s Forgotten Massacre” (I.B. Tauris/2014) to spark a conversation in Angola about the true events of the day.
Host Frank Stasio talks with Pawson about the forgotten Angolan massacre.
Pawson speaks at Duke University on October 16.