Amnesty International reports on
Human Rights Violations
by the Angolan army


Overview of Cabinda

   Cabinda is a small territory situated in west-central Africa. It is located between Congo-Brazzaville to the north and north-east and the Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC, in French) to the east and south. The Atlantic Ocean boarders Cabinda to the west. Nevertheless, the territory belongs to nearby Angola, from which it is separated by a coastal strip of land of about sixty kilometers. That's why Cabinda is often called an "enclave".


Location : Central Africa, coastal enclave between Congo and the RDC.
Total area : 7 270 square kms (a little bit smaller than the state of Connecticut).
Population : 300 000 inhabitants. 60 000 cabindese took refuge in Congo and the RDC.
Ethnies : Bakongos, a division of the group of Yombe (Vili-Hoyo). Most of the inhabitants are half-caste coming from Blacks and White portugese.
Languages : Portugese ; sometimes French ; fiote language.
Resources :  petroleum (main resource), diamants, phosphates, manganese. Coffee, cacao.
Climate : equatorial. The temperature remains between 25°C and 30°C all year long. Important rainfalls between october and may.
Status : occupied by the Angolan army. Angola annexed Cabinda when they both became independant in 1975. But Cabinda is de jure independant.

1997 complete report on Human Rights in Cabinda by Amnesty International


Short questions and answers about Cabinda History of Cabinda A detailed map
Aerial views
Description of the FLEC flag
A spicy testimony
The Cabinda War :
a scenario

Recent news :

Angolan Defense Ministry Reports Congolese Air, Ground Attacks on Cabinda
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Ship Carrying Weapons 
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