A Close-Up View
African and African American Studies Program, Anthropology
The author of this issue, Richard Lobban, is trained as an anthropologist. He took his B.S. at Bucknell, an M.A. at Temple University, and is currently completing his Ph. D. at Northwestern University. Since 1964 he has been active with various liberationmovements, beginning with Frelimo in Tanzania.
Mr. Lobban went into Eritrea with the ELF to attend the First National Congress of the Eritrean Liberation Front. He traveled hard and dangerously while observing the operations of the liberation army and the response of villagers to it. In such a role he styles himself as a 11progres sive free -lance journalist. 11 In common with many writers on the New Left, he likes to draw parallels between revolutionary movements on the left throughout the whole developing world, and conversely sees the United States as a rather reactionary if not imperialistic force in these situations.
The fact that Mr. Lobban was not actually able to attend the Congress he set out to attend, because it was postponed beyond his own time limits, does not invalidate his observations of the operation of the Eritrean guerilla movement. The details of the Congress, when it was subsequently held, were relayed to him by what he considers to be most reliable sources.
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Lobban, R. (1972). Eritrean liberation front: A close-up view. Munger Africana Library Notes, 2(13), 3-20.