‘Outsiders’ and ‘Insiders’: Post-Conflict Political Violence and Reconciliation in Malanje, Angola

  • Gilson Lazaro Catholic University of Angola


This article focuses on some episodes from the prolonged Angolan conflict that can
potentially broaden our understanding of the past. The analysis is centred on and
describes the ways in which this traumatic experience has been represented in the
official domestic narrative, relegating local or regional dynamics – such as in Malanje
– to the margins. In my opinion, these dynamics are nonetheless of major importance
in a discussion of the post-conflict period in Angolan society. The argument is
based on the assumption that, although there are always contradictions between local
micro-narratives which affect the processes of negotiation,1 the micro-narratives
presented in this article assist in the interpretation of the official political-military
rituals that are carried out by the Angolan state as an act of appeasement towards
the past – with varied and sometimes contradictory implications for the process of
national reconciliation.