Projects: Angola I - Truce & Consequences: Truce & Consequences

A food distribution at the MINARS reception center for internally displaced people. During the Angolan government's decisive offensive against UNITA in the eastern province of Moxico, where rebel leader Jonas Savimbi was eventually killed, the government conducted a scorched earth strategy of displacing the civilian population, many of whom had been fleeing the fighting for months and were on the verge of starvation, placing them in rudimentary camps and burning fields and villages to flush out the rebels. This strategy added to the millions of people already displaced by years of war and provoked a serious famine in many parts of the country.Luena, Angola.Photo © J.B. Russell
Truce & Consequences, December 2001

A food distribution at the MINARS reception center for internally displaced people. During the Angolan government's decisive offensive against UNITA in the eastern province of Moxico, where rebel leader Jonas Savimbi was eventually killed, the government conducted a scorched earth strategy of displacing the civilian population, many of whom had been fleeing the fighting for months and were on the verge of starvation, placing them in rudimentary camps and burning fields and villages to flush out the rebels. This strategy added to the millions of people already displaced by years of war and provoked a serious famine in many parts of the country. 

Luena, Angola. 

Photo © J.B. Russell