Unclaimed Angolan corpses buried in Angola
24 Jul 2013 12:40
WINDHOEK, 24 JUL (NAMPA) The remains of 22 Angolan nationals who have been lying unclaimed in various Namibian mortuaries, were due to be laid to rest in a mass burial ceremony in Angola on Wednesday.
According to the Angola News Agency (Aangop) on Wednesday, the remains arrived in Ondjiva town in the Cunene Province in southern Angola on Tuesday, and were expected to be buried there on Wednesday.
The corpses include that of 12 children and 10 adults, all of whom are said to have died from February 2010 to this year in northern Namibia, and abandoned or unclaimed by their families. Reasons to the abandoning are mostly financial constraints.
Acting Cunene Province Governor, Jose de Nascimento Veyelenge was quoted as saying that the move to bury the bodies is aimed at paying homage to citizens who, for various reasons, went to seek residence in Namibia.
According to data from the Angolan consulate offices in Oshakati, many Angolans residing on the Angola-Namibian border seek medical attention in Namibian hospitals, but most return to Angola.