Despite the fact that Angola is one of the more resource-rich countries of Africa, one of the largest oil producers of the sub-Saharan sphere, and one of the largest diamond exporting states, poverty is still a problem faced by many of its people. With a population that ranges from 16 to 18 million, of which more than 40 percent live in rural areas, one-third of the population suffers from extreme poverty. Even if the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) is the third-largest of all the central African countries, and even if the natural resources of Angola promise a high potential for economic growth, the consequences of these trends have not yet reached the common people, of which 68 percent are still estimated to live below ...

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