The world united against 250,000 Whites and the official representatives of all 4,000,000 Blacks, their traditional Chiefs, to destroy Rhodesia. Why? What was the real agenda? And why is Rhodesia so much more significant than being "just a footnote" in history?
…one noise from the child would have given their position away and meant death. The four-year old held still within meters of the killers as they came close in, shouting to them to show themselves…
Editor: I have titled this Rhodesia’s 911, not to be disrespectful to Americans, but because this terrorist attack psychologically shocked the tiny nation of Rhodesia in a way that was unprecedented. The shock was not due to the number of deaths but rather due to the sadistic treatment of even the youngest survivors.
It should be noted that it was known to both the terrorists and the world that this flight (the first of two shot down) was simply a civilian tourist flight of zero military significance.
The following account of the terrorist attack is published with permission from Hannes Wessels, author of Men Of War. Images and captions from various sources have been added, all errors are therefore mine.
Viscount Hunyani Is Shot Down!
The full eulogy by the Very Reverend John de Costa is short but powerful, especially in 2021, and worth listening to in full here. Finally:
Air Rhodesia, began developing anti-missile shielding for its Viscounts but, before the work was completed, terrorists shot down a second civilian airliner: Viscount, Umniati, Air Rhodesia Flight 827, on 12 February 1979. This time all 59 on board were killed. Again the world looked the other way…….
After the 2nd missile attack, Air Rhodesia coated the underside of the Viscounts with low-radiation paint and the exhaust pipes were concurrently shrouded. According to tests conducted by the Air Force, a Viscount so treated could not be detected by the Strela SAM7 system once it was over 2 000 feet. No more airliners were shot down in Rhodesia.