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23 Dec 2004 description

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JOHANNESBURG, 23 December (IRIN) - The Angolan army in Cabinda "arbitrarily detained and tortured civilians with impunity" and is restricting their freedom of movement, despite an apparent end to the decades-long separatist conflict in the oil-rich enclave, Human Rights Watch (HRW) alleged on Thursday.

In the past year, the Angolan army has "subjected civilians to extra-judicial executions, arbitrary arrests, and detention, torture and other mistreatment, as well as sexual violence", the …

22 Dec 2004 description

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22 Dec 2004 description
report Xinhua

LUANDA, Dec 22, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - A flooding river fed by torrential rains has left 480 families homeless in the Angolan town of Dondo, North Cuanza province, local media reported Wednesday.

The report quoted the governor of province, Miguel Caxino, as saying that the overflowing Capacala River destroyed 82 houses late last week and threatened to sweep away 120 others in two outlying neighborhoods of Dondo, located some 160 km southeast of Luanda.

21 Dec 2004 description

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JOHANNESBURG, 21 December (IRIN) - Angola's economic recovery requires international support, according to a resolution adopted recently by the UN General Assembly in New York.

The resolution noted with concern the "inadequate level of assistance" to Angola so far.

20 Dec 2004 description

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BRAZZAVILLE, 20 December (IRIN) - Amid renewed fighting in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), countries in central Africa decided on Saturday to create a regional military command with a brigade of around 2,400 troops.

The new regional military command is "in keeping with other regions of Africa, which have mechanisms for the prevention, resolution and management of conflicts," Nelson Come, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), said …

16 Dec 2004 description

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JOHANNESBURG, 16 December (IRIN) - World Food Programme (WFP) aid operations in Angola have been boosted by a US $4 million donation from the country's government.

15 Dec 2004 description

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LUANDA, 14 December (IRIN) - The end of a devastating civil war and substantial oil wealth have done little to develop Angola or improve the lives of its 13 million people, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said on Tuesday.

Speaking at the Angolan launch of the UNDP Human Development Report for 2004, where Angola ranks a poor 166th out of 177 countries, Pierre-Francois Pirlot told IRIN that three years of peace had still to bring significant benefits, particularly outside the capital …

14 Dec 2004 description
report Xinhua

LUANDA, Dec 14, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Sweden has provided the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) with a donation of 1.4 million euros (1.8 million US dollars) aimed at boosting human rights in Angola, according to local media reports on Tuesday.

Swedish Ambassador to Angola Anders Hagelberg was quoted as saying on Monday that his country has "done a lot" in the area of human rights in Angola.

Stockholm's support to improve Angola's human rights situation began in 2001, Hagelberg said, adding that there has been "an improvement in the situation …

14 Dec 2004 description
report Xinhua

LUANDA, Dec 14, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Over 870 Angolan refugees who lived in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have returned to their mother country on Dec.

13 Dec 2004 description

By John Chiahemen

HUAMBO, Angola, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Luciano Chitembo is happy. He has just got a job in Huambo's only functioning hotel.

"I was a soldier. After the conflict I was unemployed," said Chitembo, standing at the door of the refurbished Hotel Nino in the central Angolan town scarred by decades of conflict.

13 Dec 2004 description

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JOHANNESBURG, 13 December (IRIN) - United Nations aid agencies have again appealed to donors to step up assistance to the estimated 200,000 refugees in Zambia, who have seen their food rations halved in the last two months due to the lack of funds.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday said it was "extremely concerned" and warned that the deteriorating situation was likely to impact on the health of the refugees.

"This is a grave concern and, although the medical staff have …

13 Dec 2004 description

By John Chiahemen

CABINDA, Angola, Dec 12 (Reuters) - On top of Simulambuco hill, with its sweeping views of the Atlantic, stands a symbol of oil-rich Cabinda's struggle for independence from Angola.

07 Dec 2004 description

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JOHANNESBURG, 7 December (IRIN) - Setting up an independent electoral commission to oversee Angola's first post-war elections was critical to the credibility of the poll, analysts said on Tuesday.

"Although peace has been achieved, Angola remains politically polarised.

06 Dec 2004 description
report Xinhua

LUANDA, Dec 6, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- About 267,850 refugees have returned to their homeland with the aid from the Angolan government since the signing of peace agreement in 2002, according to a communique issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday.

This figure includes 184,051 who have returned spontaneously, in which at least 75,051 were given food aid and 109,000 others have not benefited from food assistance.

05 Dec 2004 description
report Xinhua

HARARE, Dec 5, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A total of 62 Angolan refugees who registered for repatriation were on Saturday flown back to their country of origin aboard a Botswana Defense Force aircraft, Zimbabwe's official media New Ziana reported Sunday.

Alice Ballah-Conte, head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Botswana, was quoted as saying they were happy because they had managed to achieve one of the agency's resolutions - taking the refugees back to their countries of origin.

She said most of the 300 Angolan refugees at Dukwi refugee camp …

02 Dec 2004 description
report Xinhua

NAIROBI, Dec 2, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Countries contaminated by landmines will never develop without the removal of these deadly weapons, a high-ranking UN Development Program (UNDP) official said Thursday on the sidelines of a landmine conference in Kenyan capital Nairobi.

"The landmine problem is a critical development issue.

24 Nov 2004 description

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NAIROBI, 24 November (IRIN) - Att. Subscribers, this report is part of a comprehensive set of features, background reports, interviews and other resources on landmine-related issues titled 'IRIN Web Special on Humanitarian Mine Action, published ahead of the 2004 Nairobi Summit on a Mine Free World.

24 Nov 2004 description

Humanitarian Mine Action and the Nairobi Summit

At just 32 years old, Jose Brinco should be in the prime of his life. Instead, he is a victim of Angola's most horrifying legacy of war - landmines.

In 1994, a young Brinco and his wife were working hard in their maize fields. When he stepped on the anti-personnel mine, it was inevitable that his wife should try to help him. She didn't make it.

24 Nov 2004 description

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LUANDA, 24 November (IRIN) - At just 32 years old, Jose Brinco should be in the prime of his life. Instead, he is a victim of Angola's most horrifying legacy of war - landmines.

Partially sighted and without his lower left leg after treading on a mine 10 years ago, Brinco, his clothes caked in dirt, is reduced to begging on the streets for a living.

24 Nov 2004 description

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