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May 27th orphans "serenely" await their parents' remains

One of the May 27th orphans, João Van Dunem, is "serenely" awaiting his parents' remains, noting that the President's promise addresses the concerns of the children of the victims of the alleged coup attempt.


"The most important thing to retain of this communication of the President, before the Angolans and the world, is the promise of delivery of the mortal remains of our parents. We will wait calmly for the fulfillment of this promise, which meets our concerns as children over the past 44 years," said to Lusa the son of José Van-Dunem, one of the "right arms" of Nito Alves, the alleged commander of an attempted coup d'état on May 27, 1977, and Sita Valles, all killed by the then regime.

After his parents died when he was 3 months old, João Van-Dunem was raised by the current Portuguese Minister of Justice, Francisca Van-Dunem, sister of José Van-Dunem.

For João Van-Dunem, a member of the 27M Association, recovering the remains will allow the families "to pay a final tribute, honoring his struggle and his memory.

On Wednesday, President João Lourenço apologized on behalf of the Angolan state for the summary executions carried out after the alleged coup of May 27, stressing that it is "a sincere regret."