Angola

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Country Angola
Continent Southern Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Namibia and Democratic Republic of the Congo
Capital Lunanda
Population 24.3 million (2014 est)
Language Portuguese (official) along with different ethnic groups (e.g. Umbundu, Kimbundu, Kikongo)
Religion Indigenous beliefs, Roman Catholics, Protestant
Terrain The coastal lowland rises in a series of low terraces followed by belt of hills & mountains that parallel the coast.  East of these hills & mountains is the high plateau region that is as high as 2,500 meters (~8000 ft.).
Sports Football (aka soccer) is the most popular sport with many Angolan footballers playing on international teams in Portugal and France.
Animals Angola’s protracted civil war has had a catastrophic effect on the wildlife population; landmines, poachers, hungry locals, and military target practice.  An effort is finally underway to reintroduce elephants, antelope and many other species that once roamed the various national parks.
Facts of Interest Angola is the Kimbund word for king

Formally a Portuguese colony from 1655 to 1951 where it became an overseas province of Portugal.  This then was followed by independence in 1975, which lead to a protracted and deadly civil war between the MPLA and UNITA until 2002.

Angola has vast mineral and petroleum reserves, which after the end of its civil war has allowed it to have one of the fastest growing economy in the world.  However, its standard of living remains low for the majority of the population (55% below the poverty line).

According to Mercer’s annual “cost of living” ranking, that was released today, Angola’s capital Luanda is the most expensive city in the world, ahead of more usual suspects like Hong Kong, Zurich, and Singapore

Concerns Life expectancy for the total population is around 51.7 years, which ranks 184 in the world (Learn more here.)

Deforestation of the tropical rain forest is rampant due to international demands.

Men, women and children sex trafficking and forced labor issues.

Diseases like malaria, typhoid fever and HIV/AIDS continue to threaten  ten to hundred of thousands of lives each year

Mission Angola is working with UNESCO on an Education for All program

UN maintains an observer mission (MONUA) to monitor human rights, along with humanitarian, political and military aspects

Does not seem to have many Christian-based missions.

Sources CIA.gov, countrystudies.us, africaw.com, en.wikipedia.org, unesco.org