Sita Valles: A Revolutionary Until Death


Author : Leonor Figueiredo
Translator : D. A. Smith

9788193814024 | PB | pp. 184 | 2018 | Goa 1556

Sita Valles by Leonor Figueiredo is little known back in Goa itself. She was a 26-year-old doctor when she was executed in Angola without a trial, on the charge of being one of the masterminds of the alleged putsch of 27 May 1977.

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It is said that Sita Valles was shot at five in the morning on 1 August 1977, one shot in each leg, one shot in each arm. Her body fell into the ditch that had been dug for the purpose before the fatal shot struck her, or what was left of her, after being tortured and raped by the men of the Directorate of Information and Security of Angola (DISA), the political police of the MPLA regime. A tractor leveled the site. It is also said that the beautiful, elegant, intelligent communist of Goan origin a Portuguese woman with an African heart remained rebellious until her final moment. She said that she was not afraid, and that the sooner they killed her the better. By refusing to be blindfolded, she forced the men of the firing squad to look her in the eye before pulling the trigger.


Leonor Figueiredo




Goa 1556





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Leonor Figueiredo has been a journalist since 1981. Editor of Correio da Manha until the end of the 1980s, she has been a member of the Diário de Notícias editorial board for 21 years, where she left in January 2009. She was distinguished by the newspaper with more than 20 internal awards, won the Press Award Against AIDS in 1997 and the prizes Ramiro da Fonseca and Bordalo, of Casa da Imprensa, in 1999, with The Virodene Case. She lived in Angola until 1975, from where she left after her father’s disappearance, a terrible moment of her life that led to the edition of the book The Secret Archives of the Decolonization of Angola (Althetheia, 2009). In 2010 he published the work Sita Valles : Revolutionary, communist until his death.


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