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Thursday, 4 March 2004

Aid distribution in Angola hit by port delays

The main contribution of the Angolan government is to fund the port fees for food aid being brought in, but it is delaying payment - so 1,600 tonnes of pulses and vegetable oil are blocked in the port of Luanda. Although apparently only a small part of food aid, pulses form the main protein intake for many of the most poverty-stricken Angolans, so the delay is specially harmful for growing children.

With its own oil wealth, however, there are some who say the government could do more to help its own people. Aid without a genuine local commitment can never be fully effective, it seems to me.

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