DW AngolaAngola: Land Resources and Conflict

Angola: Land Resources and Conflict


Author: Allan Cain. Published in Post-Conflict Natural Land Resource Management, Vol. 2-014. Angola is often cited as a classic case of natural resources sustaining a conflict (Hodges 2001). Angola’s protracted civil war (1975–2002) was mainly financed through the wholesale extraction of oil and diamonds. The armed struggle for liberation from Portuguese rule started in 1961, but resistance had begun earlier due to the wide-scale expropriation by the colonial regime of another key resource, land.