The shortages of food and other commodities in the Angolan capital, Luanda, are now so severe people are frequently fighting for what ever is available.
The shortages of food and other commodities in the Angolan capital, Luanda, are now so severe people are frequently fighting for what ever is available. The biggest queues are for bread, and they start forming outside the bakeries at down.
With police in attendance to keep order, Africans and Europeans alike have to queues for often six or seven hours to buy one bag of rolls. People are having to queue for anything and everything, including paraffin and petrol.
There is virtually no paraffin left, and with the refinery shut down, a rapidly diminishing supply of petrol is being eked out by petrol stations allowing customers only a pound's worth at a time. Even so drivers have to queue for hours on end to buy their ration.
Restaurants and cafes have mostly closed, though some still allow their customers to pass the time at their tables talking, but with nothing to eat or drink. Nearly all the city's public services have come to a halt. The dustmen and dockers are on strike over pay, and other services have stopped because the staff have left.
Many shops are empty, or reduced to selling whatever they have left, though souvenir shops are surprisingly doing brisk business. Wood yards are also busy, with Europeans buying materials to make packing crates. Those articles and personal property that the Portuguese cannot ship out, is more often than not, just abandoned. Their old clothes they sell in the street.
Earlier this month the Government in Lisbon announced plans to airlift 300,000 white settlers out of Angola before the country's scheduled independence on 11 November. Those who are flown to safety are allowed to take 25 kilogrammes (55 pounds) of baggage on the aircraft, with one cubic metre (35 cubic feet) of belongings to be shipped by sea at a later date. This means that most refugees are forced to leave the bulk o their ??? behind.