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Indigenous Community Support in Angola

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THE STORY:

The Khoisan or Kamussekeles tribe, is considered the first to inhabit the Austral, Central region of the African continent and, consequently of Angola. In Angola they live mainly in the provinces of Kuando Kubango, Lubango and Cunene. Today, its headquarters is condemned to disappear in Angola. The absence of a statute and political recognition, associated with the miscegenation of these ethnic minorities are pointed out by experts as being one of the causes. The Khoisan or Kamussekeles community has many difficulties, including food and lack of water due to cyclical drought in the region."We have nothing to eat. There has been no rain for a long time. We have to go through several areas looking for food and wild berries to feed the children, "- described the leader of that small Khoisan community in Ucala, Munssili Nsimpa. This situation has been the source of concern on the part of those peoples who are considered minority, excluded and who are left to their fate. This is a people living in the middle of trees without any protection, surviving thanks to the fires they make to minimize the situation of cold and wild animals, lack blankets, clothing, food and salt. Due to lack of food, this tribe lives with all kinds of diseases and children are the biggest victims, in a state of acute malnutrition. This is a community that can vanish from Angola if not supported. The Foundation is designed to help the Khoisan people become self-sufficient, to improve food security and teach them how to cultivate and access natural resources.

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