November 30, 1987
Joao Soares, son of Portuguese President Mario Soares, flew to Angola in an attempt to speed the release of two Swedish aid workers kidnaped by rebels opposing the African nation's Marxist government. Soares, a leading Socialist in his own country, has had previous contacts with the rebel National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, which has fought the Angolan government since the country gained its independence from Portugal 12 years ago.
July 19, 1987 |
The garbage-strewn, potholed streets, the boarded-up stores, the half-finished buildings, the rusting carcasses of old trucks and buses--the decay of Angola has become legendary. One of Africa's most fertile countries, Angola now grows less than half the food it needs for its 8.7 million people. Nearly a fifth of its people are either refugees or destitute, according to government figures, and an estimated 45% are malnourished.