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Cafunfo

Cafunfo is a village in North-Eastern Angola (Lunda Norte Province) dominated by the informal and formal diamond mining industries. The area has numerous alluvial diamond deposits.

During the 1980s and 1990s it was the subject of heavy fighting between the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) and the People's Armed Forces for the Liberation of Angola (FAPLA) or the Angolan Armed Forces on multiple occasions; and on at least two occasions foreign mineworkers were held hostage by UNITA during that period, including on one occasion involving a forced march to UNITA's headquarters at Jamba in the South of the country.

Despite substantial investment in infrastructure and development by the Angolan Government and the diamond companies; on each occasion that UNITA captured the town and then lost it, the rebel movement transported equipment and infrastructure to other sites before departure, leaving Cafunfo without the foundations for economic prosperity.

Formal mining did not recommence after capture by the government in the mid 1990s and the area became a stronghold for informal diamond mining.

Through the periods of tension it was only possible to reach Cafunfo by air. It is served by Cafunfo Airport.

As an archetypal diamond mining village, Cafunfo features heavily in 'The Perfect Soldier' by Graham Hurley, Pan Macmillan, 1996

 

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Latitude / Longitude : 8° 46' 2" S / 17° 59' 45" E | Time zone : UTC+1 | Currency : AOA | Telephone : 244  

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Angola, officially the Republic of Angola (República de Angola; Kikongo, Kimbundu and ), is a west-coast country of south-central Africa. It is the seventh-largest country in Africa, bordered by Namibia to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Zambia to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Angola has an exclave province, the province of Cabinda that borders the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The capital and largest city of Angola is Luanda.

Although inhabited since the Paleolithic Era, what is now Angola was molded by Portuguese colonisation. It began with, and was for centuries limited to, coastal settlements and trading posts established starting in the 16th century. In the 19th century, European settlers slowly and hesitantly began to establish themselves in the interior. The Portuguese colony that became Angola did not have its present borders until the early 20th century because of resistance by groups such as the Cuamato, the Kwanyama and the Mbunda.
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