The Legacy of Amílcar Cabral

7 November 1976 | 7 min 43 s

For this piece for Weltspiegel magazine, Navina Sundaram travels to Guinea-Bissau. The occasion: the repatriation from the neighbouring country of Guinea of the mortal remains of Amílcar Cabral, independence fighter and founder of the Unity Party of Guinea-Bissau, who had been assassinated three years earlier in a conspiracy by the Portuguese secret service. With images of fishery and farming, and the ceremonial escort for the national hero, Sundaram emphasises the impact of the ten-year liberation struggle of this small country on the decolonisation of Mozambique and Angola, large countries of Lusophone Africa, up to the Carnation Revolution in Portugal, which give Amílcar Cabral a world-historical position beyond his national significance.