Emergency response

LWF World Service in Angola supports refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ongoing armed conflict between the government forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Kamuena Nsapu militia faction in Lunda Norte Province have triggered large displacements. As of the 13th of April, it was reported that a total of 11,051 refugees had arrived from the DRC in Angola and were settling in two camps. These numbers continue to rise as it is estimated that there are an additional 300-400 refugees arriving each day.

The situation in the camps is dire as the access to basic services is very limited. The situation is further compounded by the fact that the camps are over-crowded causing a lack of shelter, food, relief goods and poor sanitation. Protection is an issue as there are unaccompanied minors and violations of human rights, particularly with regards to the risk of repatriation.

ACT Angola Forum through the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) plans to respond to the ongoing crisis and provide basic needs such as shelter, water and sanitation, food, relief goods, protection of children, human rights and health care assistance for life-saving. UN Agencies are advocating for an official emergency declaration, in order to facilitate a more comprehensive response.

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Rebuilding after decades of war

We are proud to be the longest serving international NGO in the country since establishing relief operations in 1986. Since the 27-year civil war ended in 2002, the people of Angola have worked to rebuild their nation and resettle close to 5 million people who fled the conflict. While peace over the past decade has increased opportunities for national development, our priority in eastern Angola is to ensure that the poor and most vulnerable are able to fully realize their most basic rights.

Community building

One of the most promising aspects of the LWF’s work is the long-term success found in creating village development committees.

Starting in 2006 – when no committees existed at the village level in LWF areas – we began working to organize communities to take responsibility for their own livelihoods and food security.

We facilitate opportunities for farmers’ associations to access government micro-credit schemes and agricultural resources by creating connections between village committees and the local government. In addition, we train communities in new farming techniques, vegetable gardening, and small business practices.

We also combine this effort with literacy training and are proud that the majority of our literacy students are women.

Land rights

In 2015, the LWF introduced a new community empowerment project focusing on safeguarding land rights - an important precondition for food security. In an attempt to resolve long-standing land issues in Angola resulting still from the country's colonial legacy, Angola enacted a new land law in 2004. More than 10 years later, the impact of the land is yet to be seen on the ground. Increased interest for agricultural land has complicated the situation for local communities, whose land largely remains subject to customary laws. LWF has started a project with communities in Moxico province, supporting people in the following areas:

  • awareness raising on land rights
  • women's empowerment
  • land registration and certification
  • community building through village development committees

Update 7 June 2017

 

Video: the work of the LWF to combat land-grabbing in Angola



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