April 26, 2013

"Following Portugal's April 1974 Carnation Revolution..."

"... , it granted independence to Guinea-Bissau on 10 September 1974."
Luís Cabral, Amílcar Cabral's half-brother, became President of Guinea-Bissau.   Following independence local soldiers that fought along with the Portuguese Army against the PAIGC guerrillas were slaughtered by the thousands. A small number escaped to Portugal or to other African nations. The most famous massacre occurred in Bissorã. In 1980 PAIGC admitted in its newspaper "Nó Pintcha"...  that many were executed and buried in unmarked collective graves in the woods of Cumerá, Portogole and Mansabá.
Today's "History of" country is Guinea-Bissau.

9 comments:

edutcher said...

Another place we wouldn't know were it not for the slave trade.

And politics is as brutally tribal as it was then.

William said...

This is the first I have heard of such a massacre. This will not be dramatized any time soon in a major motion picture. There should be a tomb somewhere for all the victims of unknown atrocities. If your demise is not covered by the Official Victim's Act, you shall not be mourned.

Sorun said...

Dude has one of those gross Amish beards. No poon for him!

Mitch H. said...

Almost as poor as its neighbor Guinea, and far more unstable. Would you trade another hundred or so dollars of GDP per capita for a dozen or so corpses in your neighborhood?

Boy, that History Of article is sketchy. Almost as if the writers had no more interest in the blighted plot of land than anyone else who wasn't damned by their tribal or familial relationship with said squalid acreage of mud and misery.

Paco Wové said...

You don't see many people named after old Hamilcar these days.

Marshal said...

Amílcar Cabral

Named after Hamilcar Barca? It's nice to see the old names persisting.

ironrailsironweights said...

Once again, a snowless country.

Marginal Revolution recently had an item about the quality of education in rural Guinea-Bissau. Illustrative factoid: only 27% of schoolchildren aged 7 through 17 were able to add two single-digit numbers.

Peter

Mitch H. said...

Wow, Pete, the comments on that Marginal Revolution article. You know you have a racial problem when Steve Sailer is to your left on an social welfare issue. He's pretty much the personification of "dancing the fine line between politically incorrect and John Derbyshire". I don't think I've ever seen him fall over the line, but he's usually right up against it. Interesting guy, but he tends to attract a crowd who would make Professor Althouse cry.

SJ said...

This is a first for me.

I was unaware of the existence of the nation of Guinea-Bissau.