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Angola's Defeated Rebels Not Done Yet

The guerrilla life was hard and sometimes brutal, yet it was possible to become accustomed to its nomadic rhythms. Hiding, advancing, fighting, hiding again. But sitting in this emptying demobilization camp for former rebel soldiers, Commander Victorino LoMessa was looking forward to being still for a while. “It’s been 28 years since I have been home,” LoMessa said. “I want to till a farm and be around for the harvest.” Angola’s cease-fire was a year old last month, and the government is tearing down the last vestiges of the once-vaunted army of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, or UNITA — 45 relocation camps across the country where 400,000 former insurgents and their families had lived since the end of the war. Full Story

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