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Huíla Province

Serra da Leba, a mountain range in Huíla Province
Serra da Leba, a mountain range in Huíla Province
Map of Huíla Province in Angola
Map of Huíla Province in Angola
Country 23x15px Angola
Capital Lubango
 • Governor João Marcelino Tyipinge
 • Total 79,023 km2 (30,511 sq mi)
Population (2014 census)[1]
 • Total 2,354,398
 • Density 30/km2 (77/sq mi)
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)
Area code(s) 035
ISO 3166 code AO-HUI

Huíla is a province of Angola. It has an area of Script error: No such module "convert". and a population of 2,354,398 (2014 census). Lubango is the capital of the province. Basket-making is a significant industry in the province; many make baskets out of reeds.[2]


From the Portuguese Colonial War (1961–1975) to Angola's independence, and the subsequent civil war in Angola (1975-2002) Huíla was directly affected only during relatively short periods of time. Cassinga was abandoned by its European supervisors, and the mine fell into neglect during the ensuing Angolan Civil War. The following year it was occupied by the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), military wing of the South West African People's Organization.[3] PLAN subsequently adopted Cassinga as a staging point for insurgent raids on South-West Africa, about 250 kilometres to the south. Their bases soon became a sanctuary for local refugees during the Namibian War of Independence.

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Victims of the 1978 raid, Cassinga

In 1978, PLAN's presence in Cassinga attracted the attention of the South African Defence Force. Operation Reindeer saw paratroops of the 44 Parachute Regiment supported by bomber and strike aircraft, and South Africa briefly occupied Cassinga during the Battle of Cassinga on May 4, 1978. The six-hour assault, claimed some 600 lives,[3] leaving sixty Cuban military advisers and over five hundred South West African exiles dead. Cassinga was the site of more fighting during Operation Askari, in December 1983.[4]

The post-colonial development in Angola has seen the establishment of two universities in Lubango (the state Universidade Mandume,[5] named after a leader of the Ovambo in the fight against the occupation by the Portuguese, as well as a campus of the Universidade Privada de Angola. Tourism is emerging, largely involving white entrepreneurs from Namibia, which the provincial government is actively seeking to attract.[6]


Huíla Province is traversed by the northwesterly line of equal longitude and latitude. The province is bordered on the west by the provinces of Namibe and Benguela, to the north by Bié and Cuando Cubango, and to the south by the province of Cunene.[1] The winding road known as Leba Hill, as well as Bicauri National Park are in Huíla Province. Bicauri National Park was established in 1964 and covers an area of 790 km².


Huíla Province is divided into fourteen municipalities (municípios). The province additionally has 39 towns (comunes).

Name of town or city Area Pop. 2011 Population density
Cacula Script error: No such module "convert". 77,716 23
Caluquembe Script error: No such module "convert". 239,036 78
Chibia Script error: No such module "convert". 206,506 40
Chicomba Script error: No such module "convert". 110,291 26
Chipindo Script error: No such module "convert". 71,000 18
Chiange(Gambos) Script error: No such module "convert". 151,375 19
Humpata Script error: No such module "convert". 100,819 80
Jamba Script error: No such module "convert". 126,799 11
Kuvango Script error: No such module "convert". 93,272 10
Lubango Script error: No such module "convert". 1,414,115 450
Matala Script error: No such module "convert". 222,880 25
Quilengues Script error: No such module "convert". 123,005 28
Quipungo Script error: No such module "convert". 221,502 29[1][7]


As of 2013, the province had a population of 2,609,486 people. The original inhabitants of the area were Khoisan, but only a few residual groups remain today, ousted from pastoral land by other groups. In some areas they represent under 2% of the population.[8] Most pastoral farmers in the province are known Nyaneka-Khumbi, but do not form a whole ethnic group.[9] A significant ethnic group in the province is the Mwila, who originally inhabited the plateau areas.[10]

Favored by the relatively mild climate, there was a relatively strong colonization by Portuguese immigrants who sometimes mixed with the local population. This led to expansion and diversification of agriculture at the same time, but also to a growth of cities and towns. However, the influx of IDPs in the thousands during the war severely affected the province.[11] During the war, a considerable number of Ovimbundu fled to the highlands of the province of Huíla. In some areas they now represent some 37% of the population, with the largest concentration in the central highlands.[2] There is now also a much smaller number of Bakongo who had been assimilated from the Congo, and some settled in the province upon their return. The Heroro represent about 0.5% of the population.[12]


  1. ^ a b c "Provincia da Huíla" (in Portuguese). República de Angola, Ministério da Administração de Território. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Sheehan, Sean; Yong, Jui Lin (2010). Angola. Marshall Cavendish. p. 104. ISBN 978-0-7614-4845-7. 
  3. ^ a b Chesterman, Simon (1 January 2001). Civilians in War. Lynne Rienner Publishers. p. 26. ISBN 978-1-55587-965-5. 
  4. ^ Weigert, Stephen L. (25 October 2011). Angola: A Modern Military History, 1961-2002. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 79. ISBN 978-0-230-33783-1. 
  5. ^ "Universidade Mandume". Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Angola's Huila Province wants local investors". 8 July 2007. 
  7. ^ "Perfil da Província" (in Portuguese). Governo Provincial da Huila. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Country reports on human rights practices: report submitted to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives and Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate by the Department of State in accordance with sections 116(d) and 502B(b) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended. U.S. G.P.O. 2005. p. 12. 
  9. ^ Morais, Júlio Artur de (1974). Contribution à l'étude des écosystèmes pastoraux: les Vakuvals du Chingo (in French). 
  10. ^ Estermann, Carlos (1 June 1978). The Ethnography of Southwestern Angola: The Nyaneka-Nkumbi Ethnic Group. Africana Publishing Company. p. 13. ISBN 978-0-8419-0205-3. 
  11. ^ Parsons, Ms Imogen; Porto, Dr João Gomes; Alden, Dr Chris (28 March 2013). From Soldiers to Citizens: Demilitarization of Conflict and Society. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 50. ISBN 978-1-4094-9854-4. 
  12. ^ Oyebade, Adebayo (2007). Culture and Customs of Angola. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 7. ISBN 978-0-313-33147-3. 

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