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Medical Missionaries of Mary first went to Angola in 1953 and remained with the people through 27 years of civil war which, thankfully, ended with Peace Accords in 2002.
Today, as the people of Angola continue to rebuild their country, MMMs can be found in Angola's second largest city, Huambo, which suffered great devastation during the war. Our newest mission is being developed at Viana, a satellite town outside the capital, Luanda in an area where there is no other health service.
We have three professed Angolan Sisters, Laurinda Bundo, Josefina Lissimo, and Perpetua Ndahetekela.
In Angola, Laurinda and Josefina are supported by an international team of Sisters, including two from Nigeria, one from the USA, two from Ireland, and one from Tanzania.
Our MMMs at Huambo are involved in community-based healthcare with a small clinic and outreach services, education to prevent the spread of HIV, responding to the needs of people still suffering from displacement, including those maimed by landmines, and visiting those in prison.
For several decades, MMMs ran a well-known hospital at Chiulo in Cunene Province in the south of the country. The staff members and graduate nurses who came to know MMM in those years remain loyal friends, and this has led to a growing number of Associate members of MMM carrying on our charism today.