We received this book as a farewell present. It’s a photo journal of Angola during the civil war in 1998, when the civil war ended in 2002 and the days after; by a Brazilian photographer Sergio Guerra. Some photos are very intense, while others are light and hopeful.
Angola, A Courageous Nation. Courageous to live, courageous to die, courageous to restart. Restarting every day, finding forces in their own bodies, not disheartened by the pain of separation: children, husbands, wives, mothers and sisters, separated or missing.
Courageous to reinvent life every day and not be embarrassed by this, but rather to make this as a hope for the future. Understand that pain will bring about happiness.
I wish I could post all photos from the book, but I couldn’t. So I’ll just end this with a poem by Jose Eduardo Agualusa
We, Angolans, are always optimistic. The pessimists had all committed suicide.
Pessimism is a luxury reserved for the people who are happy.
Angola, I will never forget you.