Collecting war detritus and other scrap metal provides at least some income for hundreds of families.
The UAE’s ties have traditionally been with North Africa, but a number of factors are now persuading Emirati firms to look south of the Sahara.
Low demand and competition from shale are causing problems for OPEC, but some recent trends may provide Africa’s oil-producing countries with grounds for hope.
José Eduardo dos Santos has relinquished Angola’s presidency but remains leader of the ruling party and in control of key posts. A split with his successor seems probable.
With President Dos Santos not standing in Angola’s elections for the first time in 37 years, can we expect changes or more of the same?
Even if a deal brokered by Russia and Saudi Arabia to slash global oil output succeeds, there is little prospect of a return to 2014 prices.
Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to recover to 2.6% in 2017, up from 1.4% last year, according to the International Monetary Fund.
Commentators are increasingly pessimistic about the Angolan and Mozambican economies.
The Angolan government is failing in its efforts to promote growth in the agricultural sector.
Withholding of revenues is causing international carriers to rein in their ambitions in Africa.