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Just two months ago in Angola, Prince Harry retraced his late mother’s footsteps, 22 years after the world’s cameras famously captured her walking along a cleared track through a live minefield.
That minefield is no longer a danger, having been cleared to make way for a thriving town – a busy community with homes, businesses and paved roads where the mines once laid.
But even today, 17 years on from the end of Angola’s civil war, landmines still claim lives.
In response to the violent and excessive use of force by state security forces today to break up a peaceful pro-independence march in Cabinda Province, and the arrest of dozens of protesters and their leaders, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena said:
“The heavy deployment of security personnel armed with batons and guns – and the subsequent excessive use of force against peaceful protesters in order to prevent this planned protest - is yet another indication that authorities are not prepared to tolerate dissent.
MAG has taken part in a discussion in South Africa on the issues facing Angola and how to become landmine free by 2025.
The aim of the meeting, convened by international forum organisers Wilton Park, was to identify challenges which face Angola and the landmine free goal set for six years’ time.
The country already holds an iconic status in the landmine issue after Diana, Princess of Wales famously walked through a minefield in Huambo in 1997.
The number of hungry children and adults living through Southern Africa’s worst drought in 35 years will soon be so vast that if put together would stretch one and a half times around the earth, warns humanitarian agency World Vision.
World Vision is concerned about the health, safety and protection of children, with UN food agencies estimating a record 45 million people living in 16 countries across the region will experience food shortages within six months. Climate change and more rapidly repeating, severe drought cycles are trapping people in a vicious cycle of poverty.
Millions displaced; women, girls hit hardest; crises compounded by conflicts, poverty and inequality; $700m average climate-related losses; urgent action needed now
More than 52 million people in 18 countries across southern, eastern and central Africa are facing up to crisis levels of hunger as a result of weather extremes, compounded by poverty and conflict.
Some areas are facing a second extreme drought in four years and worse than that sparked by El Nino in 1981.
Two years after its opening, things are changing in the Lóvua settlement, in Lunda Norte Province, east north of Angola. After democratic elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Félix Tshisekedi as the elected President in January 2019, hundreds of Congolese refugees are voluntarily returning home.
This report documents how over the past two decades after the civil war, the encroachment of commercial cattle ranchers on the traditional grazing land of Tunda dos Gambos and Vale de Chimbolela has eroded economic, social, and cultural resilience, most notably food security, among the Vanyaneka and Ovaherero people in the Gambos, Angola.
I. Contexte général
a) Historique et situation actuelle
Vers la mi-août 2019, des milliers de réfugiés congolais ayant fui le conflit dit « Kamuina Nsapu » vers l’Angola ont exprimé subitement leur volonté de rentrer en RDC, ce qui a pris la communauté humanitaire de court. De plus, alors qu’une grande partie de ces réfugiés est originaire de la province du Kasaï, la quasi-totalité a exprimé le désir de se rendre à Kananga, au Kasaï Central, lors de ce retour. Ceci semble s’expliquer par plusieurs raisons :
By Jane Cocking
MAG’s chief executive, Jane Cocking, is in Angola where Prince Harry will meet MAG staff and once again draw the world’s attention to the country’s landmine legacy.
More than twenty years after his mother walked through a minefield here, Prince Harry is today following her steps through the town of Huambo in central Angola. Although Huambo is unrecognisable from the place Diana saw. No longer a dangerous, deserted minefield, it’s now a bustling community, where people shop, eat and children go to school.
Task completion and new Program Manager for APOPO Angola.
During Angola’s 27-year civil war, countless families were forced to flee their homes and faced starvation and the struggle to survive. When the fighting ended in 2002, landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) littered fields, villages and towns, and continue to kill and injure people to this day. As long as the landmines stay in the ground, Angola's economic development will remain severely hindered in rural areas.
THE YEAR IN REVIEW
By Dr Marc Biot, Dr Isabelle Defourny, Marcel Langenbach, Kenneth Lavelle, Bertrand Perrochet and Teresa Sancristoval, Directors of Operations
Luebo, le 1er juillet 2019 (caritasdev.cd) : Caritas Congo Asbl, en collaboration avec Caritas Luebo, vient de remettre une aide d’urgence en espèces (Cash) en Francs congolais à 2.312 ménages expulsés de l’Angola et familles d’accueil. Chaque ménage a reçu une assistance variant entre 94 et 55 dollars américains, selon sa taille. Ce projet a été financé par Last Days Saint Charities (LDS), à travers Catholic Relief Service (CRS- la Caritas des USA) qui participe à son accompagnement technique aux côtés de Caritas Congo Asbl.
The world is currently in the midst of the largest refugee crisis since World War II
From Honduras to Bangladesh, millions of people have been uprooted by conflict and poverty
An unprecedented 70.8 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide, and 37,000 people are forced to flee their homes every day due to conflict or persecution.
This World Refugee Day, we are honoring and celebrating the resilience of refugees from around the world, who are struggling to survive in incredibly difficult circumstances.
In the past week, MSF teams working with migrants in Coatzacoalcos and Tenosique have witnessed a number of mass arrests.
Migrants forced underground are not receiving the medical services they need. Far from being humane, the Mexican government’s repressive border policy condemns migrants to greater suffering.
MSF denuncia que las políticas represivas del Gobierno de México están provocando cada vez más sufrimiento entre la población migrante y los demandantes de asilo
By Jane Cocking
Decades ago Angola was an agricultural breadbasket – self-sufficient in all major food crops and exporting many others. More than a million landmines have contributed to a legacy of war which has left rural communities decimated, fearful and unable to make use of Angola’s natural gifts to produce food and income to thrive.