One million Angolans face starvation

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LUANDA (Reuter) - Renewed war between Unita rebels and the Angolan government is hampering emergency food flights to stricken areas and more than one million people could face starvation soon, Philippe Borel, head of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Angola, said yesterday.

Ruined infrastructure, danger and lack of permission to fly to Unita-controlled territory meant the WFP was delivering only one-sixth of the aid targeted before fighting erupted in earnest earlier this month. 'More than one million people - one-tenth of the population - need our assistance and now face malnutrition,' Mr Borel said. The two sides are holding peace talks in Addis Ababa in their first contact since a November truce collapsed, but few expect a swift end to the war.