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Portugal’s government rejects paying reparations for colonial, slavery legacy

Lisbon, Portugal Reuters Portugal’s government said on Saturday it refuses to initiate any process to pay reparations for atrocities committed during transatlantic slavery and the colonial era, contrary to earlier comments from President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. From the 15th to the 19th century, six million Africans were kidnapped and forcibly transported across the Atlantic […]

Christian leaders work to heal the wounds of Angola’s civil war

Nairobi, Kenya Christian leaders in Angola have launched reconciliation programs aimed at healing the wounds of the civil war that ended over two decades ago, leaving nearly one million people dead and displacing four million. Between 1975 and 2002, the Southern African nation of now more than 35 million people was embroiled in one of […]

Catholic priest denounces Angolan elections amid fears for the future of the poor

Fr Jacinto Pio Wacussanga

Sao Paulo, Brazil After 47 years ruling the country, the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (known by the Portuguese acronym MPLA) had generated so much criticism among broad segments of the Angolan society that many people – especially the young – were desperately anxious to see it defeated in the August general elections.  […]

Angola ruling party close to victory in divisive election

Angola election President Joao Lourenco

Luanda, Angola Reuters Angola’s ruling party has a solid majority after nearly all votes were counted in a national election, the electoral commission said on Thursday, but the main opposition party has cast doubt on the results of the divisive poll. The MPLA’s likely win would give President Joao Lourenco a second five-year term in […]

Under a bridge, Angola’s left-out youth look to ballot box for change

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Luanda, AngolaReuters Two years ago, Francisco Mapanda and Arante Kivuvu were jobless during the COVID-19 pandemic so they started selling whiskey and cigarettes under a bridge in Angola’s capital, Luanda. To ease the boredom, they read books, and when they realised others also wanted to read, they got more – until their hawking spot in […]

Unequal and divided, Angola braces for tense election

Angola President Joao Lourenco

Luanda, Angola Reuters Angolans head to the polls next week in what is likely to be a tense standoff between a ruling party in power for nearly five decades and an opposition with growing appeal to a frustrated, impoverished youth.  The MPLA, led by João Lourenço since 2017, has governed Africa’s second-biggest oil producer since […]

Prince Harry to visit Diana’s Angola landmine project

Princess Diana landmines

LondonReuters Britain’s Prince Harry will make a poignant visit to Angola this month to visit the landmine clearance project that featured in some of the most famous photographs of his late mother Princess Diana. The pictures of Diana wearing protective gear as she walked among red skull-and-crossbone signs in 1997 won vital publicity for the […]

Prince Harry backs mine clearance in Angola, following in Diana’s footsteps

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LondonThomson Reuters Foundation Britain’s Prince Harry on Monday threw his weight behind mine clearance efforts in Angola, a cause championed by his mother more than two decades ago when she made global headlines by walking through a minefield in the country. The prince welcomed an announcement that Angola will invest $US60 million in clearing mines […]