Angolan Civil War
|Angolan Civil War|
|Part of the Cold War and the South African Border War|
Cuba (until 1991)
Soviet Union (until 1989)
South Africa (until 1989)
People's Republic of China
|Commanders and leaders|
| Agostinho Neto
José Eduardo dos Santos
| Jonas Savimbi †
| Angolan troops:
|| UNITA militants:
|Casualties and losses|
|Over 500,000 civilians killed|
The Angolan Civil War was a major civil war in the African country of Angola. It started in 1975 and continued until 2002. The war started right after Angola became independent from Portugal in November 1975. The Civil War was mostly a fight for power between two former liberation movements, the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA). In 2002 the MPLA won.
About 500,000 people died in the war. The war also did a lot of damage to the buildings. Because of all the damage in 2003 80% of Angolans lacked access to basic medical care, 60% lacked access to water, and 30% of Angolan children would die before the age of 5, with an overall national life expectancy of less than 40 years of age.
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