Over a decade after Angola’s struggle for independence and a lengthy civil war, the first refugees from the neighbouring DRC are beginning to make their way home.
In late August, Antonio made the 220km train ride, and the 100km bus ride that came after that, from Kinshasa in the DRC to the Angolan border with his wife, sister and granddaughter.
They were among the first 500 Angolan refugees to make their way home, through a repatriation programme for former Angolan refugees set up by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). A further 30,000 are expected to follow.
“I feel joy when I think that I will go home. It’s better to be a citizen of your country than a refugee in another country,” he said.
Read more about Antonio’s journey on allAfrica.com.
– All images via the UNHCR / Brian Sokol