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Emergency Food Rots in Angola

September 1, 1999

LUANDA, Angola (AP) _ Lawmakers in Angola, where a civil war has thousands of people facing starvation, were shocked to find 129 cargo containers full of rotting food in Luanda harbor, a news report said Wednesday.

The lawmakers toured the harbor’s cargo area and were shown powdered milk, corn flour, pork, biscuits and other food spoiling inside ship containers, state-run daily Jornal de Angola reported.

Some of the containers had been in an outside storage area for years, according to the paper. Harbor officials are pressing lawmakers to change import rules that say goods must be held until they are claimed. The containers were never collected.

Some 1.7 million people in this southwest African country have been displaced and often face acute food shortages because of the two-decade war between the government and UNITA rebels. Most of the homeless rely on food provided by western aid agencies.

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