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IN A nation whose multibillion-dollar oil boom should arguably make its people rich enough to drink Evian, the water that many are instead forced to drink has fuelled one of the worst cholera epidemics to strike Africa in nearly a decade.
An estimated seven million land mines are still hidden in unmarked minefields across Angola, four years after a protracted civil war ended, a government official said yesterday.
ALMOST half of Angola's children are severely malnourished and at risk from preventable diseases, the World Food Programme said yesterday.
THE worst ever outbreak of highly lethal Marburg virus should be a "wake-up call to the world", United Nations health officials said yesterday.
ALMOST 100 people have been killed by a deadly Ebola-like virus in Angola.
ANGOLA, the African country scarred by a 27-year civil war, has seen private investment in non-oil and diamond sectors soar over the first six months of 2004.
OIL prices are high in Angola, but frustration among millions of impoverished men, women and children is higher.
PEERING through the broken window of a dilapidated hospital ward, Cecilia Namutumbo’s face is briefly illuminated by the fading early-evening light as she lifts her head and offers me a small, enigmatic smile. The dusty chaos of the African afternoon recedes before me like a bad dream. Perhaps out of relief, I smile back. I am selfishly thankful that there is still room for some happiness in her life, behind the sadness that her eyes betray.
IN THE fading evening light, the wide boulevards of Luanda are virtually silent but for a ragged army of filthy street children running barefoot down the central reservation of Avenida de Commandante Valodia.
FRANCELINA Kafundi is staring at me pleadingly through a haze of pain, starvation and malaria.
ANGOLA is an operatic sort of country where everything is on a Wagnerian scale and demands to be described in superlatives, one of its fondest biographers asserts. Unfortunately, the superlatives used today are almost all negative: UNICEF calls Angola one of the "the worst places on Earth to be a child".
THE ghost of Jonas Savimbi still hovers over Angola one year after the cruel rebel leader was slain by a unit led by his former guerrilla army chief, General Geraldo Nunda.
DIAMOND giant De Beers plans to resume operations in Angola early next year as the country emerges from civil war and seeks to end an unsuccessful state gem marketing monopoly.
AID workers in Angola are racing against the clock to get food to hundreds of thousands of starving people before heavy rains set in next month, making the roads used to deliver crucial relief supplies impassable.
WESTERN countries have slowed aid assistance to Angola, where around three million people need urgent help, over concerns about $1bn in "missing" government oil revenue.
ANGOLA is at peace for the first time in 40 years yet death rates have soared and international donors are refusing to help the government rebuild the country.
THE Angolan government and the Unita rebel movement will today sign a formal ceasefire bringing to an end 26 years of civil war which has claimed around 500,000 lives.
THE peace agreement signed at the weekend that ends Angola’s 27-year civil war deprives the rulers of the country - potentially the richest in Africa - of further excuses for high level corruption, poor governance and the continued impoverishment of its people.