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The Angolan authorities have been warned against a crackdown on human rights activists after several were detained in the Cabinda region in the wake of the 8 January 2010 attack on the Togolese national football team.
The armed conflict in Angola ended seven years ago, says Juan Michel but the consequences of four decades of war are felt still today. And women seem to be bearing most of the brunt.
The Angolan government is threatening to close the Association for Justice, Peace and Democracy (AJPD), one of the country’s most active human rights organisations.
The aid organization SOS Habitat has raised the alarm over fears that the Angolan authorities may swoop on poor families over the Christmas period, forcing them onto the streets.