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31 Dec 2002 description

Critical Issues

  • More than 74,300 persons become inaccessible to humanitarian partners due to mine incidents in Bié, Kuando Kubango and Malanje Provinces.

  • More than half of returnee populations are without food assistance due to access and logistic constraints in Bié Province.

  • Recent mine incidents in Mavinga town in Kuando Kubango Province affect humanitarian operations.

31 Dec 2002 description

The Angolan government and UNITA, together with the United Nations and the three countries tasked with monitoring the Angolan peace process, declared at the end of November that the 1994 peace agreement had finally been implemented. The six parties to the Joint Commission for the Angolan Peace Process - the government, UNITA, the United Nations, Portugal, Russia and the United States - signed the declaration dissolving the Joint Commission and bringing an official end to the 27-year-old civil war November 21st.

31 Dec 2002 description

Sumbe, 12/31 - Education, Health, Energy and Water's sectors, roads and productive infrastrutures' rehabilitation and fight against poverty will be the main priorities of the central-coastal Kwanza-Sul province's Government, in the course of the year 2003.

It was learned on Monday, in capital Sumbe, from the governor of Kwanza-Sul province, Mr Serafim Maria do Prado, on the occasion of new year message, presented in a ceremony witnessed by members of the Government, ecclesiastical and traditional authorities, political parties and civil society representatives.

Mr Serafim …

31 Dec 2002 description

Fifth Annual Listing Emphasizes Hidden Famine in Angola; Escalating Conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Columbia; Forcible Return of Refugees to Chechnya; Lack of Access to Medicines

31 Dec 2002 description

This document supplements the ICRC's Headquarters Appeal 2003and contains:

  • an overview of the ICRC's operations in 2003
  • a description of its presence in the field
  • a breakdown of its operational organization
  • a description of its target populations
  • a concise description of its programmes
  • a brief description of its 63 delegations
  • overall budget amounts
  • overall budget and budgets by programme for each delegation
The ICRC's operations in 2003 and the respective budget figures are presented in detail in the ICRC's Emergency Appeals 2003, …
28 Dec 2002 description

Luanda, 12/28 - Angolan head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, Friday in Luanda set the year 2004 as the deadline for the total integration of the victims of the country's armed conflict into the national production process.

In a yearend message to the nation, the head of State said that in the year mentioned the victims will be able to rely on their own with a view to developing their potentials of creation of wealth and generation of incomes, without depending on the national programmes and Government's and international organisations' food aid.

According to the …

27 Dec 2002 description

L'Angola connaît aujourd'hui un processus de paix. La réconciliation se conforte chaque jour de plus en plus.

Longtemps meurtri et déchiré par la guerre, l'Angola est l'un des pays du monde qui compte le plus de mines disséminées sur son territoire. M.

27 Dec 2002 description

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26 Dec 2002 description

Luanda, 12/26 - A group of war displaced people from Uige, Kwanza-Sul and Bengo provinces who have been living in Luanda, will return to their homelands from January 2003.

These displaceds will leave Luanda in an evacuation plan of war displaced population, which has started last week thursday in which 3,000 people have already left to northern Kwanza-sul and Malange provinces.

According to the provincial representative of the Social and Welfare Ministry (MINARS), Mrs Maria do Ceu, the Government is evacuating only those who have showed their interest in returning to their …

26 Dec 2002 description

GENEVA, Dec. 26 (UNHCR) - They returned by foot or occasionally on horseback. They came jammed in pickups, on motor scooters and buses. Groups of families surrounded by donkeys, suitcases, satellite dishes and huge wooden beams from their old homes, perched precariously atop convoys of trucks resembling overcrowded fairground gondolas swathed in a kaleidoscope of colors.

26 Dec 2002 description

LISBON, Dec 26 (Reuters) - A landmine blast in Angola has killed four people and seriously wounded two in a vehicle east of Malanje, about 350 km (220 miles) east of the capital Luanda, the Portuguese news agency Lusa reported on Thursday.

It said the vehicle swerved on a main road to avoid a hole and set off the mine. The blast was at least the second on the highway since late September.

In October, the Angolan army said Malanje province had eight minefields and was one of the most heavily mined areas in Angola, a former Portuguese colony.

24 Dec 2002 description

JOHANNEBURG, 24 December (IRIN) - As many as 200,000 vulnerable Angolans may be in critical distress in inaccessible areas, warns the latest report by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Luanda.

23 Dec 2002 description

The Department for International Development Clare Short today announced a further £30 million contribution to meet emergency assistance in Africa. £15m of the contribution will go to meeting emergency needs in Ethiopia and the other £15 million will be put to humanitarian assistance and recovery programmes across southern Africa.

Clare Short, Secretary of State for International Development said:

"I am very worried about food shortages in Africa.

20 Dec 2002 description

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20 Dec 2002 description

Uije, 12/20 - Inhabitants of Maquela do Zombo district, in Angola's Northern Uije province, are in urgent need of essential commodities, medical assistance and medicines, according to local administrator Tota Faitoma.


20 Dec 2002 description

Luanda, 12/20 - Some 3,000 former UNITA soldiers on Thursday started to be reintegrated into society in Lubango, Angola's Southern Huila province, in a ceremony witnessed by the Social Welfare Minister Joao Baptista Kussumua.

The former soldiers received kits to develop some activities, mainly agricultural ones, which will facilitate their social reinsertion.

Joao Batpista Kussumua denied reports that the Angolan government was not paying the necessary attention to the demobilizedd.

20 Dec 2002 description

The Landmine Update is the International Campaign to Ban Landmines quarterly newsletter. This edition is followed by a calendar of upcoming events (available online). To date, 130 countries have ratified the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, and an additional 16 have signed it. The most recent accessions are Afghanistan (11 September), Comoros (19 September) and Central African Republic (8 November), while recent ratifications include Cameroon (19 September) and Gambia (23 September).