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Angola: Bie - About 160,000 people return to their areas of origin

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Kuito, 01/12 - About 160,000 people returned to their areas of origin during last year in central Bie province, in extent of the returning process of the populations conceived by the Government.

According to the Head of the Office of Co-ordination of the Humanitarian Aid (OCHA) in the province, Mr. Claudio Bartolomeu Lopes, the returnees, 110,000 had an organized returning while another 50,000 returned voluntarily.

He said that they returned to the municipalities of Chinguar, Katabola, Kamacupa, Andulo, Nharea and other communes of the province.

The OCHA official said also that the return of people, mostly war displaced, was organized by the Ministry of Assistance and Social Reinsertion (MINARS) in the province and supported by local and foreign Non-Governmental Organizations.

Mr. Claudio Lopes informed that the operations of the humanitarian community at the returning areas have been executed with many difficulties, due to bad condition of the roads and bridges that give access to those localities.

The returnees received food, medicines, agricultural tools, supplied by NGOs that operate in the province. (Source: ANGOP)