Beginning in 1975 an epic battle was waged for the future of southern Africa. The Angolan people had just thrown off 500 years of Portuguese colonial brutality. Now South Africa s white supremacist regime, spurred by Washington, had invaded Angola. Its goal: to impose a government beholden to Pretoria and imperialism.
Angola s government appealed for help. The response of Cuba s leadership was immediate and decisive. A hard-fought war for freedom ended in 1988 at the battle of Cuito Cuanavale, with the crushing defeat of South Africa s army by Angolan, Cuban, and Namibian combatants.
This is the story of Cuba s unparalleled contribution to the fight to free Africa from the scourge of apartheid. And how, in the doing, Cuba s socialist revolution also was strengthened.
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