Part of Oral Answers to Questions — International Development – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 26th June 2002.

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Photo of Clare Short Clare Short Secretary of State, Department for International Development 2:30 pm, 26th June 2002

The humanitarian situation in Angola remains very serious. More than 80,000 former fighters, 160,000 family members and 4 million displaced Angolans are all facing a humanitarian crisis. The United Nations has launched an appeal for $141 million to provide support until the end of 2002. We are contributing directly and trying to improve the effectiveness of the international response to the crisis, but Angola is at peace for the first time since the 1960s and this is a fantastically important opportunity to help it to move forward.