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Angola boasts stunning geography and rich cultural traditions. However, the country has been scarred by war and continues to face major problems of poverty and illness.

 

Angola is still recovering from the 27-year civil war, which ended in 2002. Despite the ravages of war, nature here is still unspoilt by man. Angolans consist of the Ovimbundu, Mbundu, Bakongo, and smaller groups like the Mestiço and Portuguese. Portuguese is the official language of Angola, but Bantu and other African languages are also widely spoken.

 

Fifty-three percent of the population professes Christianity, while immigrants from Mali, Nigeria, and Senegal are mostly Muslims. The country faces major economic, social, and political problems. Some of these include an estimated 68 percent of the population living in poverty, HIV/AIDS, more than a million orphans and low literacy levels.

 

After the long war, which robbed many of them of an education, Angolans have an extreme desire to be educated. Corruption is seen in all areas of life: in business, the church, government and families. Despite these problems, the news always has a very positive message, being mainly about the progress of different development projects and education programmes.

 

OM ANGOLA

Because of the political instability in Angola, it took much longer for OM Angola to be established than first anticipated. The work was started in the capital city of Luanda in February 2002, and in 2005 God made a way for us to start a second base in the southern part of the country in Menongue.

More about Angola
Population:
33,642,646 (July 2021 est.)
Languages:
Portuguese 71.2% (official), Umbundu 23%, Kikongo 8.2%, Kimbundu 7.8%, Chokwe 6.5%, Nhaneca 3.4%, Nganguela 3.1%, Fiote 2.4%, Kwanhama 2.3%, Muhumbi 2.1%, Luvale 1%, other 3.6% (2014 est.)
Religions:
Roman Catholic 41.1%, Protestant 38.1%, other 8.6%, none 12.3% (2014 est.)
Economic Overview:
Angola's economy is overwhelmingly driven by its oil sector. Oil production and its supporting activities contribute about 50% of GDP, more than 70% of government revenue, and more than 90% of the country's exports; Angola is an OPEC member and subject to its direction regarding oil production levels. Diamonds contribute an additional 5% to exports. Subsistence agriculture provides the main livelihood for most of the people, but half of the country's food is still imported.
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