FC: A Journey Through Angola | Connor Neff
1: Location | 8:50S 13:14E This country is on the Atlantic coast of Africa. This country has been at border wars with South Africa and The Congo.
2: History | Angola was ruled by two ancient kingdoms. In the north a kingdom known as Bakongo. In the west and central the Quimbundos kingdom or Ndongo.
3: Colonization | Portugal ruled Angola as a colony both before and after World War 1. I think the colonization influenced the official language which is Portuguese.
4: Development | Currently the stage of development in this country is very low. There is evidence of this as 70% of the country is below poverty line. Also the GDP per capita is only $4,400. The economy should be on the rise soon as the oil industry is booming, so there is promise.
5: The literacy rate is only 67.4%. the infant mortality rate is 184.44 deaths per 1000 babies. A birth rate of 44.51 births per 1000 population. Because of the lack of education there is a shortage of doctors, as there are only 8 per100,000 people in Angola. This also makes for bad health care and a low life expectancy.
6: Living Conditions | The living conditions are very poor for many reasons. Most of the population is impoverished. There is a very high risk for major infectious diseases. Most of Angola's population lives in a rural environment.
7: Economy and Resources | The two main economies in Angola, agriculture and industry. Agriculture is the main occupation in Angola as it takes up 85% of the economy. Industry and services is 15% of the economy. The industry consists of oil, diamonds, iron ore, phosphates, feldspar, bauxite, uranium, and gold.
8: Cultural Customs | Men: look forward to getting married, usually marry as a minor, tattoos are traditional Women: look forward to getting married, may get sold to get married to someone, elaborate hairstyles, locally made shell necklaces, bracelets anklets, beads Children: young girls undergoing puberty rites may where chalk or charcoal marks hand-woven fabrics and western clothing
9: Problems | Many problems in Angola hold the country back from development progress. Wars have torn apart Angola. An ongoing civil war takes people away from families destroys the nation. As the population is 70 % below poverty that makes health a large problem. waterborne & food borne illness is evident through the country. AIDS is another growing problem. With the shortage of doctors in the country doesn't help the health problem either.
10: Sources | www.geographyiq.com www.ipoaa.com/african_country_name_origin.htm www.nationmaster.com/graph/hea_phy_per_1000-physicians-per-1-000-people Google Books: Culture and customs of Angola