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Angola wants the return to the country of about 3,000 people who fled to Namibia because of the drought

The government intends to return to the country about 3000 citizens of the Cunene province who, due to the drought that is being felt in the southern region of the country, have sought refuge in the neighboring Republic of Namibia.

: Lusa
Lusa  

The announcement was made this Thursday by the Minister of State and Head of the Security House of the President of the Republic, Francisco Furtado, at the end of the meeting of the commission to combat and monitor the drought situation in the south of the country.

According to Francisco Furtado, a task force was created at the meeting, to be installed in the municipality of Cahama, Cunene province, which will be responsible, from the field, for the logistics and monitoring of the distribution of resources that the Government has been sending to these populations.

The 'task force' was also charged with establishing contact with the Angolan embassy in Namibia, more specifically with the Angolan consulate in Oshakati, with a view to the return to the province of Cunene, namely to the municipality of Curoca, of about 3000 citizens who left, since May to date, the Angolan territory due to drought.

According to the Government, 5176 tons of aid have already been sent since 2019 to the drought-affected population, with 840 tons of food having already been sent throughout this year.

In July, the representative of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Angola, Michele Mussoni, who heads the office of that United Nations agency, told Lusa that the drought had affected not only the southern provinces, such as Namibe, Huila and Cunene, but also Huambo, Benguela and Kwanza Sul.

At the time, he estimated that around 3.5 million people, or around 10 percent of the Angolan population, would be affected.

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