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- World Vision: The number of people affected by hunger in southern Africa ‘will stretch around the world’. 10 Nov 2019
- FAO: As climate shocks intensify, UN food agencies urge more support for southern Africa’s hungry people. 31 Oct 2019
- Govt. Angola: Over 40 cases of polio recorded in Angola. 18 Nov 2019
- UN RC Angola: United Nations supports voluntary repatriation of refugees to DR Congo. 14 Nov 2019
- AfDB: Angola: African Development Bank approves $1 million grant to children’s food and nutrition security programs. 19 Oct 2019
Angola -- Medair is withdrawing from Angola in August 2006. The organisations that fund our programmes there believe that our presence is no longer as necessary as before. We are taking an optimistic approach and viewing it as good news, because this means that the situation in Angola is improving.
Medair is withdrawing from Angola in August 2006. The organisations that fund our programmes there believe that our presence is no longer as necessary as before.
It was early February 2002 when the first Medair team set foot in Luena. Angola was still at war and the small plane bringing the team had to circle down steeply onto the runway to avoid the possibility of a rebel missile attack while landing. Luena, the provincial capital of remote Moxico province (700km east from Luanda as the crow flies) had suffered terribly during the civil war. What health services remained were grossly inadequate for the population that was swollen by tens of thousands of internally displaced people fleeing the fighting.
Bonnie Zylka Distribution, Coordinator in Lumbala N'guimbo
It's a beautiful morning in Kayaweh. The distribution team and I have traveled from our base in Lumbala N'guimbo to the village for today's distribution. The sun has just risen. In a little less than an hour, the area where I am standing will be teeming with people ready to receive their monthly food distribution, with some people traveling for a day to reach the distribution site.
This weekend will see the beginning of the 2005 voluntary repatriation of Angolan Refugees from Zambia back to Lumbala N'guimbo in southern Moxico Province, Angola.
We expect just over 500 people to arrive by plane from Zambia this Friday and Saturday. Partnering with UNHCR and IOM our team will be providing care for the returnees in their first few days back in Angola. For many it will be their first time in Angola for many years, for some of the children it will be the first time they set foot in their 'own' country.
Eleanor Margolis, Country Director
Since the Organised Repatriation started on 14th August, Lumbala N'guimbo has received nearly 5000 returnees. Now 1200 refugees per week are being transported back to Lumbala N'guimbo and being received by Medair into the Reception Centre. All are being flown back by IOM (International Organisation for Migration) from refugee camps in Zambia where some have lived for the past decade having fled the civil war in Angola which lasted for nearly three decades and finally came to an end in 2002.
By Mark Screeton, Desk Officer
" Je viens d'arriver en Angola et je vous assure que les images sont dures à supporter. Autour de nous, tout n'est que désolation, boue, malnutrition, maladies, maisons détruites, camps de familles déplacées, enfants errants, dormant à même le sol...
Angola : political instability threatens to increase malnutrition
Ce pays est embourbé dans un conflit pratiquement
permanent depuis 40 ans. L'Unicef l'a déclaré en tant que "pire endroit
du monde pour un enfant". Le nouveau programme Medair dans ce pays
est de fournir une aide médicale et un soutien à la formation.
Depuis 1961 l'Angola n'a connu pratiquement que la guerre. La mort de Jonas Savimbi le 22 février a permis enfin la signature d'un cessez-le-feu général entre l'UNITA et le gouvernement.
Heather has been working for Medair as logistician since January 2002. She landed in Luanda, Angola and gives us her first impressions here.