by Irene Sandivaris
I arrived in Cabinda, Angola in November during the rainy season. Whenever it rained there were huge pools of water in the dirt roads, only large vehicles or Jeeps with four-wheel drive could get through. Amazingly enough a couple of small cars had drivers daring enough to take on the challenge. Luckily enough the days we went to the villages to visit the projects were relatively dry and sometimes even sunny. The first project I visited was north from Cabidna town, a small village called Bumelambuto. Our emergency project in Bume-lambuto has been delayed due to the rainy season. The quality of the shelters being built by Yme and the locals is very good.
Below left you can see a part of the village ”Matondo a Noruega”, (”thanks to Norway”). We’ve been recently informed by Adelina Pemba, Emergency Coordinator that many of the shelters for the IDPs (internally displaced persons) have being damaged by the intense rain. Yme-Cabinda together with the local villagers are working frantically to protect the remaining shelters. All the waters systems south of Cabinda town in the villages of Ntende Quele, Nhungo Novo, Nhungo Velho, and Tchinzaze were all fully functional after many months of hard work thanks to the villagers, Yme-Cabinda, and local officials.
An inauguration had been planned for November 15 where the governor of Cabinda and the Norwegian Ambassador would be present. Unfortunately, an unexpected rain storm arrived on that day making travelling to the villages with new waters systems virtually impossible. Yme-Cabinda has already started visiting new villages in the province of Cabinda for projects in the Year 2001