Amabookabooka: The quarantine chronicles - Paul Morris

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Confronting the ghosts of war
Paul Morris went to Angola in 1987. He was a young soldier who had
been conscripted into the South African Defence Force as it waged a
brutal bush war against its neighbours. For 25 years Angola was the
country of Paul’s nightmares. He returned to the country in 2012 -
this time he wasn’t a 20-year-old soldier in an army’s armoured
buffel; he was a middle-aged man on a bicycle. He cycled 1500km across
the country to witness Angola in peacetime; to enjoy the beauty of the
bush and to meet the people who live there. One of the people he met
was Roberto, a Cuban, who had been fighting in Angola against the
apartheid army - the meeting with Roberto was the most profound moment
of Paul’s life. In Back to Angola, Paul's memoir published in 2014, he
writes about a journey that took him back into the past as well as
into the present.