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Author: Dino Estevao Created: 2013/05/05 01:11 AM RssIcon
My experience of the War in Angola or the border war goes to the very beginning of my childhood. what i am going to share with is a chains of events that were observed or rather lived from a unique position. over the years i have come across stories and anacdals that may have sounded absurds at the time. but today more than ever we are looking for answers, answers that you may find here or that you may have and would like to share with me and other readers. to that i thank you and hope that you find this space informative.
By Dino Estevao on 2013/06/06 03:58 PM
I arrived in the west Caprivi in the late windy August afternoon of 1980, the place that was to become my home for the next nine years was built in three geographical areas with natural boundaries. At one side was the crocodile infested water of the Kavango river and the other side was the dense forest with some of the most dangerous animals. Because we came from Katima mulilo instead of the usually route from sector 20 in Rundu... all the arrivals and departures to Buffalo have to go through sector 20 at Rundu where a thorough inspection and administration have to be completed but for unknown reasons to me we could not secure seats in the military plane from Grootfontein to Rundu, so we boarded the next best flight. Grootfontein to Katima mulilo and then by road to Buffalo, west Caprivi. As I mentioned earlier that lance corporal Tito Apolinario was responsible for my safe arrival to my adopted parents, must also mentioned here that one lieutenant whom I failed to record due to the language or age or both, he...
By Dino Estevao on 2013/05/24 12:38 PM
as I stood next to my father looking at the biggest military build up rolling past us into the beautiful town of Chiede, i did not know the extend and the damage but I felt the earth shaking beneath my feet. Was I scared? Hell, no!
By Dino Estevao on 2013/05/10 02:53 PM

My journey through the border war: In Search for a home


One day as I limped around the hospital, I stopped at the door of the tent that was also a ward. I heard somebody calling me, when I went in I saw a group of men sitting around on the beds. They were also patient like me, the silence and the expression on their faces made me think that something was amiss.  They offered me a seat, “Dino, you must not go back to Namacunde.” One of the man said, “you were lucky to have survived… next time you might not be so lucky.”  This were men that I did not know from a bar of soap but the way they addressed their concern, even my ten years old could not disagree. Beside I did not know if my parent survived the massacre at Chiede. After a long debate between these men, different scenarios and possibilities were put before me, but there was of small details could not be overlooked. I was a ten years old with physical disability in a country unknown and no family or clue how to survive. The...
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Recent Blog Comments
Re: The outbreak for the border war
This is a great information about the history you put in here. thank you go to website
By Chris on: Sunday, December 16, 2018
Re: The Battle of Mongua: From Ondjiva to Preira d’eça
Sorry to reply very late Lukas, but the story of the statue is a sad one. In short the money to make the statue was either stolen... There is lots of infighting in the provincial government.
By Dino Estevao on: Monday, April 30, 2018
Re: The Battle of Mongua: From Ondjiva to Preira d’eça
I must say i'm so happy to see my great grandfathers name being mentioned in the books of history. i grew up hearing of his names in stories (folk tails), know i have discovered myself his name and his contribution to the world history and the shaping of the Namibian and Angolan borders of today
By Thomas Mweneni Thomas on: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Re: In search for a home: proof of life
Gud day my name is dionisia dos Santos. The daughter of the late Fernando dos Santos. My father was a medic soldier of FNLA in angola n later went to Buffalo 32 battalion. Then koevoet zulu delta were they ended up in south africa. My father n mother died wen we we're very young. Now we are old and want infomation abt my father so dat we can trace his roots. We want to know his family. Coz we don't have any family here in south Africa family so dat we reunite with them again. Plz if there is any info do not hesitate to contact me. My number is 0027765877705, we are based in south africa.
By dionisia dos santos on: Friday, September 29, 2017
Re: The Battle of Mongua: From Ondjiva to Preira d’eça
Hi Dino, Are you now in a position to tell us more about the proposed erection of a statue for Mandume at Ondjiva, please
By Lukas de Waal on: Thursday, June 22, 2017
Re: The Battle of Mongua: From Ondjiva to Preira d’eça
Hi Paul, I will be getting more clarity on the matter. I think the statue you referring in the one to be erected at the four stop at ondjiva. Will tell you more after the 3rd of February.
By Dino Estevao on: Saturday, January 23, 2016
Re: The Battle of Mongua: From Ondjiva to Preira d’eça
Hi Dino, do you know if the planned new statue for Mandume is erected already. Apparently he will be sitting on his white horse.
By Paul J Els on: Saturday, December 19, 2015
Re: The Children of the war
Thanks for loading this incredible new perspective on the war, Dino. So many sad but inspiring stories of the war are still to be told!
By Johan Schoeman on: Sunday, August 16, 2015
Re: The Battle of Mongua: From Ondjiva to Preira d’eça
Kornelius Shilungu was the successor...
By Dino Estevao on: Friday, October 11, 2013
Re: The Battle of Mongua: From Ondjiva to Preira d’eça
Thank you for this very insightful story, Dino! It is so important that we all learn about the history and events that predated our own Border War. When you read this you realize how these historical events eventually led to the situation we experienced with the SWA/Angola border cutting the Owambo nation in half. Also very interesting that Mandume died while fighting both the UDF (in SWA) and the Portuguese forces (in Angola)! I must confess that, other than knowing that the Owambo people were on both sides of the border, most of us in the SADF were unaware of the history behind it... Who was Mandume'a successor after independence?
By Johan Schoeman on: Thursday, October 03, 2013
Re: My journey through the border war: In Search for a home
What i have posted is a condensed part of the chapter. In search for a home is divided into chapters and phases. The massecre at Chiede happened in April or May 1980. This was merely on civilians, i will post this chapter soon. The exact date is unknown to me, but i am trying to get the records from the Angolan government. According to the Angolan news agency the number of people killed was 79. I was shot in both legs and have to undergo about four operations to Grootfontein to reconstruct. I wish i could get the SADF records.
By Dino Estevao on: Friday, May 10, 2013
Re: My journey through the border war: In Search for a home
Amazing story, Dino. Can you tell us about why and how you came to be at Oshakati hospital. You mentioned being wounded as a ten-year old during an SADF attack on Chiede... what year was that?
By Johan Schoeman on: Friday, May 10, 2013