Cuba, Africa, and Apartheid’s End: Africa's Children Return! examines the history and impressive dimensions of the Cuban Revolution’s solidarity with Africa. Cuba’s role in the southern African national liberation and anti-colonial struggle was the largest and most consequential manifestation of the island’s commitment to Africa. A key moment was the 1987–1988 battle of Cuito Cuanavale, which involved Cuba and Angola on one side, and South Africa and its allies on the other. Cuito Cuanavale contributed the end of apartheid and has assumed legendary status within the Cuban Revolution and the southern African liberation movement.
Isaac Saney is a Cuba and Black studies specialist and historian at Dalhousie University.
Chapter 1: Cuba’s Internationalism and the Global South
Chapter 2: Setting the Stage
Chapter 3: The Road to Cuito Cuanavale
Chapter 4: The Battle for Cuito Cuanavale
Chapter 5: Aftermath: Military Consequences
Chapter 6: Aftermath: Namibia and South Africa
Chapter 7: Aftermath: Impact on the Botha Regime
Chapter 8: Cuba as Africa, Africa as Cuba
Cuba, Africa, and Apartheid’s End is a definitive account of Cuba’s role in the liberation of southern Africa, especially South Africa and Namibia, centering on the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale. Isaac Saney skillfully and meticulously chronicles the internationalism of the Cuban government and its people to repay Cuba’s debt to Africa, the ancestral homeland of so many of its citizens.
Cuba, Africa, and Apartheid's End deserves to be very widely read.
Cuba, Africa and Apartheid's End is a significant contribution to the understanding of events in southern Africa during the 1980s and 1990s.
Isaac Saney offers an authoritative account of Cuba’s role in liberating Namibia and South Africa that is centred on the battle of Cuito Cuanavale (1987-1988). With skilful attention to detail and a meticulous use of sources, the book exposes the full breath of Cuba’s internationalism and updates the historical and symbolic ties between the Caribbean island and the African continent.
For more information, check out this interview with the author: [Part One] and [Part Two].