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Angola Slow on Drought Response as People Die of Hunger

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Church groups, local NGOs and international aid organisations have launched appeals to get supplies to drought-stricken southern Angola where people are reported to be dying from a lack of food and water. It is estimated that between half a million and 8

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pam w (139)
Monday July 8, 2013, 3:46 pm
I'm very sorry about this. It's going to continue. Angola is a HORRIBLE climate--you can't imagine how hot and dry it is. People have no business trying to live there, especially when, in the traditional African way, they have large families. The government is corrupt and the neighbors aren't exactly wealthy, either. Sending foreign aid is an obvious answer but, in all likelihood, droughts will continue on indefinitely.

I don't know the answer but I fully understand the complex problem.

Winn A (179)
Monday July 8, 2013, 4:59 pm
This is beyond sad. Somewhere, somehow there must be some people who can come up with a solution that will help these people.

Carol H (229)
Monday July 8, 2013, 6:50 pm
noted with a prayer for them

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 4:31 am
Pam, is the climate any worse than Botswana?

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 5:02 am
So sad but do the people ever get the aid anyway They need to build them more wells or something as climates in these places will only get worse

Theodore Shayne (56)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 9:21 am
"So people plant more resilient crops"; would that be GMO crops perhaps?

Theodore Shayne (56)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 9:25 am
The other thing that crossed my mind is the natural resources of Angola. Major natural resources in Angola include: petroleum, diamonds, iron ore, phosphates, copper, feldspar, gold, bauxite, uranium A.
Perhaps by extending the suffering you create a more malleable people who will be more acquiescent in accommodating the Big Six? Just a random thought.....
Look at Nigeria; the people are poor yet the Big Oil firms are prospering.

. (0)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 9:36 am
Why hasn't Angola in conjunction with UNICEF directly appealed for food, water, money? Like CARE and Save the Children, they are great at wringing their hands instead of being pro-active, and demanding what needs to be done.

Frances Darcy (133)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 2:01 pm

pam w (139)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 2:02 pm
John S...."Pam, is the climate any worse than Botswana? "

+++++++++++ Yes, it is. Botswana has the annual flooding of the Okovongo delta. Angloa has nothing similar. It's the north end of the Skeleton Coast...dry, dry and DRY. Add to that the many unexploded land mines placed there when the Cubans were trying to start a communist rebellion (and which STILL maim many people) and you understand why it's NOT a healthy place for people.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 4:25 pm
There are so many wealthy people on our planet who can never spent all their money while they are alive. I cannot fathom why somebody can live like that without being bothered that there are so many people dying.

Debra Tate (17)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 5:10 pm
Noted! Take the money from Egypt, because it was a coup, and give it to Angola!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 7:32 pm

Sheila D (194)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 11:56 pm
An uncorrupt government seems to be in the minory now.
So many, needing so much, it hurts my heart.

Lona G (80)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 4:52 am
Definitely noted. There seems to be no end to the suffering of the Angolan people. One war after another, a corrupt government and exploitation by neo-colonialism, there's no way this country can rebuild itself and feed its people if these influences remain on the board.

Melania Padilla (122)
Monday July 15, 2013, 1:47 pm
Stop having kids you cannot support! All women in this and other regions in the world need education and birth control, it would be a very different and better planet!

Phil P (94)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 12:33 pm
A of perpetual Govt incompetence, graft and greed of non-governmental power brokers. It is as though they purposely do nothing to plan for these recurring droughts and shortages so they can skim off any new moneys and support aid that flows from other Govts and charitable organizations in order to fatten their Swiss bank accounts. .
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