Far More and Much Better

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Woman Woman in Yangon

Huambo, Angola sits in the lush high country of southwestern Africa. During the days of Portuguese colonial occupation it was the second city of Angola and known as Nova Lisboa. Several factories, including a VW assembly plant, and the country’s main Agriculture Institute were set up in the city.

In 1994, the city was a battleground for government and UNITA forces. The rebels controlled the city which was completely derelict: buildings pockmarked by mortal shells, streets gutted with potholes, electricity and water supplies a convenience long forgotten.  NGO workers and stray dogs were the most visible residents. And there weren’t too many of us, perhaps 50 tops, driving around the silent streets in our white Toyota pickups.

Whenever I visited  I stayed with my small team of nurses in a gutted building where the bedroom windows were nothing more than smudgy plastic and the shower a red…

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