A Settlement Under Fire (ca. 1978)

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A Settlement Under Fire


It is half way through Rhodesia’s most important year. Premier Ian Smith has pledged to hand over power before December 31st 1978 in the country’s first one-man-one-vote election. Meanwhile, an interim government comprising Mr. Smith himself and three moderate black leaders is running Rhodesia, until it  becomes independent Zimbabwe. Their “Internal Settlement” though is under fire – quite literally – from the guerrillas of ZANU and ZAPU, the constituent parties of the Patriotic Front. Mr. Smith’s plan is to protect the rights of the whites and the chance of an orderly transition, if the guerrillas will let him.

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