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31 Dec 2000 description

In the war that broke out again between the government and the military wing of UNITA in December 1998, the government army gained the upper hand. Government troops are currently concentrating on tracking UNITA rebels moving from the central highland through the province of Moxico to the eastern state border.

31 Dec 2000 description


Health, Peace and Humanitarian Cease-fires
by Jon M. Ebersole

Militarised violence presents what is perhaps the most vexing challenge to the achievement of the goal of health for all. While not a member of the UN’s Executive Committee on Peace and Security, WHO is nonetheless positioned to play a crucial peacemaking role in some of the world’s most difficult trouble spots.

31 Dec 2000 description


From Health in Emergencies Issue 8
The establishment of high quality, functioning acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance - a critical step to polio elimination - is possible in countries affected by emergencies, as shown in the examples of Afghanistan, Angola and Somalia.

31 Dec 2000 description


By Anna Taylor SCF-UK

Update on the current situation

The last edition of Field Exchange included an account of discussions on how food aid should be targeted in the siege town of Huambo situated in the Plan Alto region of Angola1. The article illustrated that 6 months of discussions took place before consensus could be reached that there were no advantages to targeting food aid as the entire population experienced a very similar degree of food insecurity.

29 Dec 2000 description
report IRIN

ANGOLA: Sanctions' enforcement measures urged

29 Dec 2000 description
report IRIN

ANGOLA: Rebels attack Benguela airport
UNITA gunmen on Thursday attacked a heavily-guarded civilian airport serving the southern port city of Benguela, one of Angola's largest cities, AP
reported. UNITA fought a two-hour gun battle with security troops before kidnapping two guards. The airport lies only 20 km away from the government army's main military base at Catumbela and about 400 km south of Luanda.

Benguela's airport was severely damaged during the attack and two planes were hit, witnesses said. UNITA, engaged in a 25-year war with the MPLA

29 Dec 2000 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 29 December (IRIN) - A report by the UN's sanctions monitoring team for Angola has recommended that the Security Council consider action against countries violating the arms and trade embargo on the UNITA rebel movement, a UN statement said.
The report released on Thursday by the Monitoring Mechanism on Angola Sanctions pointed out that "in order for the measures against UNITA to be

28 Dec 2000 description

New recommendations to prevent violations of the sanctions against the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) were published today in a report released at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

28 Dec 2000 description
report IRIN

MALAWI: Former minister arrested on corruption charges

28 Dec 2000 description
report Xinhua

By Bian Zhuodan LUANDA (Dec. 28) XINHUA - At the turn of the century, the Angolan government has taken a series of measures to curb malaria, which threatens the lives of many Angolans.

According to the Health Ministry, malaria remains the first killer disease in the southern African country, particularly among the children aged below 5 years old. It is reported that some 50 percent of the under-5-year-old children die of the rampant epidemic disease.

28 Dec 2000 description
report AlertNet

By Nicholas Shaxson

CATUMBELA, Angola (AlertNet) - Drive alongside the railway tracks towards Lobito from Benguela and suddenly, after passing large areas of dry and unproductive scrub, a burst of luxurious green appears near the Catumbela river, with maize and other plants sprouting from rich, irrigated earth.

27 Dec 2000 description


With USAID support, Angolan orphans from the Gaiatos Home have worked with the U.S. non-governmental organization World Vision to multiply and harvest 11 metric tons of improved- variety maize seed. These seeds have then been used to enable more than 3,600 vulnerable Angolan farm families to begin production again after the disruption of that nation s protracted civil war.

26 Dec 2000 description
report Government of Japan

On December 26 (Tue), the Government of Japan decided to provide 550,000 US dollars, through the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as emergency assistance for the people of Angola who became internally displaced as a result of the internal conflict. The assistance from Japan will be used for daily necessities for the internally displaced persons in Angola, community services and transportation.

26 Dec 2000 description

Tokyo (dpa) - The Japanese government Tuesday pledged 1.36 million dollars in emergency grants to support Eritreans who have suffered as a result of their country's two-year conflict with Ethiopia over a border dispute.

The government also decided to provide 550,000 dollars in emergency grants to help Angolan refugees from the civil war in the strife-torn country, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.

The money to Eritreans will be provided via the office of the U.N.

22 Dec 2000 description

Kuito, Angola - Two civilians were killed and four others were injured Wednesday when the lorry carrying them exploded drove over an anti-tank mine on the road linking the towns of Cunhinga and Belo-Horizonte, the Press Agency of Angola reported Friday, quoting an official source.

22 Dec 2000 description

This report includes: (A) Sierra Leone (B) Sudan (C) Angola (D)Ethiopia (E) Burundi (F) Vietnam (G)Laos (H)New contributions

22 Dec 2000 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network for Southern Africa
Tel: +27 11 880 4633
Fax: +27 11 880 1421

22 Dec 2000 description
report IRIN

AFRICA: Some 28 million people face severe food shortages - FAO