Posts Tagged ‘Congo’

Border Focus: Angola and DRC

December 12, 2010

What is disputed?

The irregular shape of both Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has resulted in numerous conflicts between the two countries.

Many of the problems come from the fact than Angola is divided in two by a narrow strip of DRC territory. This narrow piece of territory is DRC’s only access to the sea, giving it a coastline of only 37miles. Angola’s territory north of DRC is an exclave, Cabinda, a region that has been engaged in a secession dispute for over 30 years.

Angola and DRC have both land and maritime disputes, and while they seem to be inching towards resolution on both fronts, continued political instability in the DRC and expulsions of nationals from both countries means full resolution is probably still many years away. More……..

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Roads from Luanda to Kinshasa

October 3, 2010

If you plan to drive (or ride a motorbike) from Luanda to Kinshasa, check out this blog (though I’m not sure when it was written.

Angola and DR Congo: Gas troubles flare

August 21, 2010

A delegation from US oil giant Chevron visited Kinshasa several weeks ago to discuss the building of a natural gas pipeline from its Block 0 off the Cabinda coast (see map) to Soyo in northern Angola. Initially the pipeline was supposed to go through the water, but it turned out to be too expensive, so the pipeline will have to cross Congolese territory around the mouth of the Congo river. According to some people close to the meeting, the Congolese government demanded a huge sum of money, a sum so large that Chevron had to walk away and the Angolan government, who is helping develop the $4 billion plant in Soyo, was reportedly furious. The Angolans reportedly said something like: “After everything we have done for the Congo, this is how you thank us?” More….

Angola v Congo: oil, soccer and refugees

January 23, 2010

Tensions remain high between Angola and the Congo. Many well-informed people in Kinshasa have been floating theories about how Luanda may have a hand behind the recent events in Equateur region, either by providing direct support to the rebels or by looking the other way as some of their allies (Congo-Brazzaville? MLC? ex-FAZ?) helped stir up trouble in the north of the country. This is still highly tendentious, but there is definitely trouble between Angola and the Congo. More…………..

UNHCR airlifts emergency relief items for expelled refugees in Angola

November 5, 2009

LUANDA, Angola, November 3 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has airlifted emergency relief items from South Africa to Angola to help alleviate the plight of tens of thousands of Angolans who were expelled from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last month. Read on…………………

Expelled Angolans in ‘dire’ need of aid: UNHCR

October 21, 2009

LUANDA — Tens of thousands of Angolans recently expelled from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo are in dire need of food, shelter and other aid, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday………………….

Congo expels over 20,000 Angolans in tit-for-tat

October 13, 2009

LUANDA, Oct 12 (Reuters) – The Democratic Republic of Congo has expelled more than 20,000 Angolans from its territory in recent days to retaliate against Angola’s explusion of illegal Congolese diamond miners, an Angolan official said. Read on………….