A new exodus: drought refugees

Empty kimbo. Oncocua, Curoca (Cunene). Photo © Ruy Llera Blanes, June 2021.

The photo above is of a kimbo (family settlement) near the village of Oncocua (Curoca, Huíla). This kimbo, belonging to the soba Batista, is not uninhabited, however several of its youth have moved to other places in search of work in the fields or in the agro-industry to survive. In this context, soba Batista’s kimbo is one of several in Cunene province that are suffering from a new exodus caused by the drought. While some seek the Calueque area, where several agro-industrial fazendas are located, others seek to cross the border with Namibia, looking for work or trade opportunities. Many kimbos across Cunene are completely empty and abandoned.

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