192-PART GUIDE TO THE WORLD
PART 4 ANGOLA
Sunday 28 March 1999
The Republic of Angola.
About 12 million.
About 40 times larger than Belgium.
Much of the country comprises a highland plateau. The long coastal region ranges from virtual desert in the south beside Namibia to jungle in the far north on the Zaire (Congo) River.
Due to the ongoing civil war tourism has not had much of a chance to develop, but the Cidade Alta - the old Portuguese colonial heart of the capital city Luanda - is still atmospheric and attractive, despite the crowds of homeless refugees driven from their homes by fighting. Down in the south, the pleasant town of Lubango is famous for its large statue of Christ.
MOST FAMOUS CITIZEN
Like most things in Angola, this honour is divided down the middle between Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the President of Angola, and Jonas Savimbi, the leader of the Unita opposition. The two men have been slugging it out for decades and no end is in sight.
Muamba is made of chicken or fish, with palm oil, okra and sweet potato leaf. It is usually eaten with a helping of cassava flour.
BEST MOMENTS IN HISTORY
Discovery of oil in Cabinda.
WORST MOMENT IN HISTORY
Back in 1575, the Portuguese set up their first slave trading-settlements and things have been getting steadily worse ever since.
Water purification tablets; mosquito repellent; first aid kits.
HOW NOT TO BEHAVE
Do not take photographs of public places, public buildings or public events. In short, do not take photographs.
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