World Country Namibia

About the world country Namibia, its location, size, population, and who is in power.



Location: Southwestern Africa, between Angola and South Africa.

Size: 318,259 sq. mi. (824,292 sq. km.). Population: 1,066,000.

Who Really Rules: South Africa administers this territory against the dictates of the U.N. General Assembly. In late 1978 South Africa staged elections giving nominal power to its protege, the Democratic Turnalle Alliance, but the elections were boycotted by African-led opposition groups. The U.N. and the Organization for African Unit recognize the South West African People's Organization (SWAPO) as representative of Namibia's predominantly black population. SWAPO is engaged in guerrilla warfare against South African troops and their local militia.

Although Namibia is primarily desert, it is rich with minerals such as diamonds and uranium. The diamond industry is controlled by De Beers, the company of South African Harry Oppenheimer, while an international consortium led by Rio Tinto Zinc mines uranium. The largest employer is U.S.-controlled Tsumeb, which produces copper, lead, and zinc.

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