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Conflict in Angola

War has raged in Angola for almost 30 years. There are two sides in the war- Unita and MPLA. During the 'cold war'; in the 1970s and 1980s, MPLA was backed by the Soviet Union and the Unita by the United States.

The two sides wanted to rule the country. About 300,000 people have died in the fighting. In 1991 the armies agreed not to fight. Elections were held and the MPLA won. Unita didn;t like the outcome. So fighting began again. Many people died in the new war.

In 2002, the leader of Unita died. A peace agreement was then signed. Fighting has now stopped, but the country is still in ruins. Thousands of people are dying of hunger and many people are sick.