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||Since achieving independence in 1975 from the Portuguese, Angola has been racked by infighting among its various political groups, which include the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA) and the National Union for Total Independence of Angola (UNITA). A ceasefire between the government and the rebel factions has been in effect since 2002, when fighting largely stopped. Citizens have had to endure restriction of their movements, censorship, forced conscription into the armed forces, and rampant poverty and disease.
||Though Luanda is not the safest place to visit, it has a few sights worth seeing. It is advisable to seek sound local advice on security measures before visiting these sights and the country itself.
The Cidade Alta is situated in the oldest part of the capital that was occupied by the Portuguese and has some magnificently designed buildings. The building offers an excellent view of the waterfront.
The National Museum of Anthropology displays Angolan Crafts and historical information on Angola and Luanda.
The Museum of Escravatura is 20kms from the center of Luanda and is dedicated to the thousands of Angolan slaves who were taken to the Americas.
Illha de Luanda has some spectacular beaches lined with coconut palms but the water is cold and marine litter is very evident. Swimming is definitely out because the undertow is dangerous. Visit the Futungo Market, south of Luanda, for its Sunday sale of handicrafts. While there, you also have the opportunity to stake out at the beaches on Ilha do Mussolo. Surprisingly, these beaches are unlittered and geared for tourists with their restaurants and bars.
From wikipedia about Luanda
Luanda, formerly named São Paulo da Assunção de Loanda, is the capital and largest city of Angola
. Located on Angola's coast with the Atlantic Ocean, Luanda is both Angola's chief seaport and its administrative center. It has a population of at least 5 million (2008). Calculated from the results of the 2007/08 voters' registration (2. 4 milliuon)and an adult population of about 47% (over the age of 18) It is also the capital city of Luanda Province, and, with 4, 799, 432 inhabitants (2007), is the third world's most populous Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) city, behind only São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, both in Brazil
The city is currently undergoing a major reconstruction, with many large developments taking place that will alter the cityscape significantly. Luanda was ranked the most expensive city to live in for expatriates by Mercer, for 2011. retrieved July 15, 2011
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