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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.
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