Angola: May 17, 2004


FLEC, the rebel organization in oil rich Cabinda, is keeping its head down because of heavy pressure from the army and police. There are still clashes, but the government has kept the press out of the oil rich area and accurate news is hard to come by. The 250,000 people in Cabinda are, like most Angolans, upset by the theft, by government officials, of billions of dollars in oil revenues. Foreign aid organizations are pressuring the government to at least open the books on what happens to the oil revenue. The implied threat is that foreign aid would be stopped if the theft of oil money continued. After all, the foreign aid is going to projects that the stolen government revenue could have paid for. 


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