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- Govt. Angola: Ministers assess situation of Congolese refugees. 19 Aug 2019
- US DOS: Angola’s Path Forward for Security and Economic Development: Weapons Management and Humanitarian Demining. 19 Aug 2019
- Govt. Angola: Polio vaccination reaches over 500,000 children - Official. 19 Aug 2019
- Govt. Angola: Over 200,000 children benefit from polio vaccine. 13 Jul 2019
- Govt. Angola: At least 108 thousand kilometres of roads cleared of landmines. 17 Aug 2019
More than a million people die each year as a result of contracting malaria with approximately 90 percent of these deaths taking place in Africa. All this despite the fact that malaria is an entirely preventable disease.
Malaria's toll in Angola
In 2004, Angola reported 3.2 million cases of malaria and 38,000 malaria-related deaths. The figures have only risen since then. Malaria accounts for over one-third of Angola's child mortality.
Mosaiko, one of Trócaire's key partners in Angola, is working to further human rights awareness in Angola. The Catholic organisation, run by the Dominicans, is the leading specialist human rights organisation in the country and works with both local organisations and state institutions to deepen respect for human rights and build a more peaceful Angola.
Mosaiko's portfolio of work is substantial but one strand focuses on support to grass-roots groups working to defend human rights.
Trócaire has adapted to changing circumstances as Angola has gone through different cycles of war and peace. Though the conflict ended in early 2002, it has been necessary to continue supporting emergency programmes as regions became accessible for the first time and needed urgent assistance.
Due to increased security in the country, our programmes now have a greater emphasis on sustainable development as poor rural populations establish greater food security.
Since 1998 Trócaire has been involved in supporting the indigenous San peoples of southern Angola, sometimes known as Angola's bushmen. They are the oldest inhabitants of southern Africa and are mainly located in remote, inaccessible areas. Many still live as hunter-gatherers in rudimentary shelters, moving within their ancestral territories, while others have settled in homesteads where they practice agriculture, surrounded by Bantu neighbours, or live in urban communities.
Working to promote and defend human rights in a country emerging from war has been an important priority for Trócaire in Angola. For many years Trócaire has supported the Catholic organisation Mosaiko, run by the Dominicans, to further human rights awareness.
Millions of people were on the move in Angola after the end of the war. The UN estimated in 2002 that approximately four million people were internally displaced by the conflict, many of these set about going home when the war ended. Also 104,000 former UNITA combatants, plus their families, were part of the demobilization process, also wanting to return home.
by Martina O'Donoghue and Michael Comerford, Luanda, Angola.
Ngeve Casnana lost her leg to a landmine in 1982. She was going to meet her husband who had gone to the bush to collect wild honey to sell in the market in Cangamba. Though Ngeve was born in Cangamba in 1949, and had lived there her whole life, she had not known that there were landmines along this road.
She remembers very little from the landmine explosion apart from being thrown in the air and falling. She had not realized she had stepped on a landmine.
It is four years since the Angolan conflict came to an end with the signing of a peace agreement on April 4th 2002.
12 million people in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola and Malawi are facing immediate hunger and food shortages. It is an unprecedented crisis for many reasons.
Trócaire announced today that it has received €650,000 from Ireland Aid for its relief and rehabilitation programme in southern Africa including fragile Angola which is now facing a food crisis as it struggles to recover from nearly three decades of war.
Trócaire last night (Thursday) called on the United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Kofi Annan, to re-think the proposed withdrawal of the UN Observer Mission (MONUA) from Angola.