The archive of the Dutch Zimbabwe Committee was transferred to the IISH.
Denise Citroen (b. 1952) founded and chaired the Zimbabwe Committee, which was established in 1978. Its objective was to provide unconditional support to all organizations and individuals, especially the Patriotic Front, struggling against the oppression of the Zimbabwe population. The Patriotic Front was an alliance of the two liberation movements in Zimbabwe: the ZANU (Zimbabwe African National Union) and the ZAPU (Zimbabwe African Peoples Union).
After Zimbabwe became independent in 1980, the Zimbabwe Committee remained involved in various Zimbabwe development projects for a few more years. From 1983 the Committee gradually ceased its activities.
In addition to the papers of the Committee, the collection comprises several leaflets, flags and photos of the transfer of sovereignty featuring official individual portraits of the new government under Mugabe (1980-1981).
Text was taken from On the Waterfront - newsletter of the Friends of the IISH Issue 11 (pdf, 1,91 Mb).