Collective roundtable “Garbage, Citizenship and Local Politics”

A collaborative meeting with researchers and activists in Angola held at the Instituto Mosaiko in Viana, on 1 July 2021, to discuss the “garbage crisis” in Luanda, and its consequences in terms of citizenship and human rights – at a time when Angola is struggling with serious environmental problems, from the drought in the southern provinces of Angola to pollution in large cities and the impact of the extractive industry (oil and diamonds).

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Onjango “Lixo, Cidadania e Política Local”

Um encontro colaborativo com pesquisadores e ativistas angolanos realizado no Instituto Mosaiko em Viana, a 1 de Julho de 2021, para debater a “crise do lixo” em Luanda, e as suas consequências em termos de cidadania e direitos humanos – numa altura em que o país se debate com graves problemas ambientais – desde a seca nas províncias do sul de Angola à poluição nas grandes cidades e ao impacto da indústria extrativa (petróleo e diamantes).

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Drought only in the South of Angola?

“X-ray of drought”, average of February 2021. Source: LAOT’s Facebook page.

If the south of Angola is being affected by a period of drought that lasts several years now, in recent times there has been a worrying multiplication of data and references to drought-related problems in other regions of the country. A serious analysis by the competent entities and organizations on the ground is needed to answer the question: are we facing an increase in the territory affected by drought in Angola?

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Seca só no Sul de Angola?

Raio X da Seca, média de Fevereiro de 2021. Fonte: página de Facebook do LAOT.

Se o Sul de Angola está a ser afetado por um período de seca que se estende já por vários anos, nos últimos tempos verifica-se a preocupante multiplicação de dados e referências a problemas de seca noutras regiões do país. Urge uma análise séria por parte das entidades competentes e organizações no terreno que possa responder à pergunta: estamos perante um aumento do território afetado pela seca em Angola?

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“Moto-cisterns” and the politics of water distribution in southern Angola

Moto-cistern parked on a “kimbo” in the Tyitongotongo valley, Gambos (Huíla). Photo © Helder Alicerces Bahu, November 2020.

Today, across the roads of southern Angola, it is common to see “moto-cisterns” (moto-cisternas) – the famous 3-wheel motorcycles known as “Kewesekis” or “kupapatas”, coupled to a cistern for the transport of water – in circulation. For many inhabitants of rural areas in this region, these moving cisterns have ended up replacing the traditional use of donkeys, or even the women and children’s labor, to transport water.

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Moto-cisternas e a política da distribuição de água no sul de Angola

Moto-cisterna estacionada num kimbo no vale de Tyitongotongo, nos Gambos (Huíla). Foto © Helder Alicerces Bahu, Novembro de 2020.

Hoje, ao longo das estradas no sul de Angola é comum ver várias “moto-cisternas”, as famosas motas de 3 rodas tipo “Keweseki” ou “kupapata”, acopladas a uma cisterna para o transporte de água. Para muitos habitantes das zonas rurais desta região, as moto-cisternas acabam por substituir o uso tradicional do burro, ou mesmo as cabeças de mulheres e crianças, para transporte de água.

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Fighting the Drought or Learning to Live With It? By Fernando Pacheco (ADRA)

Guest post. This text was written by Fernando Pacheco, and was originally published in Novo Jornal, in the May 23, 2019 edition (republication revised and authorized by the author). Fernando Pacheco is an agronomist and founder of ADRA (Association for Rural Development and Environment), a non-governmental organization that has developed projects in support of rural communities throughout Angola for decades. He is one of the most qualified people to debate the issue of drought and its challenges in the country. The text offers a historical perspective and a reflection on the strategies followed in response to the drought.

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