REAGAN SAVED LIVES IN ANGOLA
an African, I will always be grateful for the role Ronald
Reagan played in saving lives in Angola. In the 1980s,
I made multiple missionary trips into war-torn Angola. At
the time, there were over 50 000 Cuban troops in the country.
The Communists had attacked and destroyed many churches.
MiG-23s and MI-23 Hind helicopter gun ships were terrorising
villagers in Angola. I documented numerous of these atrocities,
including the strafing of villages, schools and churches.
1986 I remember hearing Ronald Reagans speech
carried on the BBC Africa service by short wave radio:
We are going to send stinger missiles to the Unita
Freedom Fighters in Angola! Those who were listening
to the SW radio with me looked at one another in stunned
amazement. After a long silence as we wondered if our ears
had actually heard what we thought we heard, one of us said:
That would be nice!.
scarcely dared believe that it would happen. But it
did. Not long afterwards the stinger missiles began
to arrive in Unita controlled Free Angola. Soviet aircraft
were shot down. The bombing and strafing of villagers,
schools and churches came to an end. Without any doubt,
Ronald Reagans policies saved many tens of thousands
of lives in Angola.
my photo albums I have numerous pictures of Soviet
aircraft shot down in Angola: MI-24 Hind helicopters,
MI-8 Hip helicopters, and a MiG-23. They are a reminder
of an American President who cared about the people
of Angola who were suffering under communist occupation.
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