100,000 Need Immediate Food Aid in Angola

VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 10, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Caritas Internationalis has launched a nearly $185,000 appeal to fund a relief program in Angola, especially for 100,000 people in need of immediate food support.

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A 10-month relief program, Ways of Progress II, aims to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis.

Caritas, a confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development and social service organizations, launched this appeal to bring the public’s attention back to the long-suffering Angolan people, seemingly forgotten amid other conflicts and crises in Africa.

Caritas said the 27-year civil conflict has been a socioeconomic disaster for Angola, leaving farmers without a livelihood and families without homes.

Now, more than 3.8 million war-affected people have resettled or returned to their area of origin since the 2002 cease-fire.

Up to 70% of these people have returned, without any form of assistance, to areas not considered suitable for resettlement.

Access has been hampered by the estimated 6 million unexploded land mines in the country. Bridges and road are in disrepair.

Reduced access to food in former conflict areas has created widespread food insecurity and acute malnutrition in places.

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