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Angola - Culture



Angola - Culture
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.25

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     challenging words:    mid-20th, warrant, misery, restrictive, civil, successful, practically, album, southwest, slavery, privilege, champion, independence, suffering, stress, freedom
     content words:    When European, Bonga Kwenda, While Bonga, But Portugal


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Angola - Culture
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman
  

1     Do you live a peaceful life? Peace can mean many different things to different people. To some, peace is something you feel inside. To others, peace is freedom from stress. What might it mean to live in a peaceful country? If you live in a mostly peaceful country, you're very lucky. Many people in the world live without peace every day. An unfortunate example is the people of Angola.
 
2     Angola is a country in southwest Africa, along the Atlantic coast. For practically all of its history, it has been at war. Its earliest inhabitants were different tribes that were always fighting one another. When European explorers arrived in the 16th century, the Portuguese used the country as a source of slaves. The native tribes hated each other so much, they even sold each other into slavery!
 
3     The end of slavery and Portuguese rule didn't bring peace to Angola. Instead, civil war broke out in the mid-20th century. Wars, battles, and fighting were part of daily life for Angolans for most of the 20th century. It's only been in the last few years that Angola has seen any sign of peace.

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