Expanding youth knowledge on African Liberation Day
23 March has been declared as the annual commemoration of Southern African Liberation Day. The event was orchestrated to highlight all the events that took place around the Quito Cunavale incident in the late 1980s.
“The series of events, battles and negotiations that took place between the South African government and the Namibian people backed by the Angolan and Cuban forces is marked as the starting point of southern African countries’ independence,” said Gerhardt Gurirab, the history curator of the Independence Memorial Museum.
According to him, “the battle of the Quito Cunavale paved the way for the liberation of southern African countries from the oppression of white domination”. The event also served as an awareness campaign to the youth and students with an interest in the history of the country, as it is a historic event that has not received the necessary attention, he said.
Naemi Nakapandi, a fourth-year student studying towards a bachelor of education degree at Unam, questioned Quito Cunavale’s absence in Namibian history books and stressed the importance of Namibian historians stepping out to tell our stories as a nation.
Furthermore, Namibia still shows great gratitude to Cuba who “has not once asked for compensation for their assistance during the Namibian struggle for freedom,” Gurirab said.