May 6, 2002
Malnutrition witnessed by MSF among people emerging from the war zones in Angola is among the worst seen in Africa in the past decade. "We have seen hardly any little children under five. Lots of them had already died," said Mercedes Tataï, MSF's Medical Emergency Coordinator in Chipindo. "A whole hill has been covered with fresh graves since September."
Following the cease-fire agreements signed on April 4th, MSF could finally access the "gray areas" of Angola, which had been cut off from all humanitarian aid since 1998. MSF discovered dramatic mortality rates among the populations, well beyond the emergency threshold of 1 to 2 deaths per day within a population of 10,000 people.
In some areas, the mortality rate reaches catastrophic proportions:
WHERE (Angola's "gray areas"):
CUANDO CUBANGO PROVINCE
Note: MSF is also working in the provinces of Zaire and Lunda Sul. With the reinforcements that will arrive in the coming 1-2 weeks there will be about 150 MSF international staff members present in Angola, in addition to some 850 local staff.
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