South African border war, Umkhonto we Sizwe

British newspapers and TV news regularly report the death of yet another soldier in Iraq. It seems as if every other day there is another casualty in this war. Obama has said he intends to make good on his word to remove all American soldiers from Iraq.
Thank goodness South Africa is not part of this. Our boys are not dying in a war.
But that's not to say we haven't had our own troubles. Much like Ireland, during the Apartheid era we had vigilante and legitimate armies battling each other for control.
Back when the ANC was banned, they had an army known as Umkhonto we Sizwe. Which means - Spear of the Nation. MK, as they were known, had camps and bases in our neighbouring countries. Their aim was to liberate the African people.
The South African government had it's own army and there was compulsory conscription for all white males when they completed their schooling. These young men on both sides were fighting a war on the borders. Many of those boys did not cope with the horrors of war. We all know someone who is damaged from the experience. Today both armies are one. The two merged when the ANC was unbanned and the New South Africa was created. One day the soldiers were enemies and the next they were on the same side.

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