Review by Choice Review
A photographic report on the frontline states of southern Africa, with greatest emphasis on Angola and Mozambique, the two states still dealing with major insurgencies. There are brief introductions to each country and short sections explaining the political and military situations. Many pictures are accompanied by testimony from the people shown in them. The book's principal theme is the cost to the ex-Portuguese territories of South African-supported guerrilla movements. The ravaged land and people are starkly captured in black-and-white film. Mutilated bodies and derelict property have become representative of this region's sorry plight since independence. The human faces here reflect confusion, sorrow, resignation, and sometimes despair. Although none of the pictures show the obvious starvation and malnutrition so common in film reports from Ethiopia and the Sudan in recent years, they nevertheless communicate a great need. These handsome, productive people are longing for a return to peace so they can resume a normal life. The book provides a useful visual dimension to a subject the West should understand better, but it is not a necessary addition to library collections. -L. E. Meyer, Moorhead State University
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