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Angola’s Middle Class Clamors for Housing Amid Oil Boom

Guilhermina Simoes, a manager at Banco Bic SA in Angola, sat on a stool in the midday heat with a knapsack as she planned to camp overnight and beat the Monday morning crowd to buy a new apartment.

“I’m not leaving until my application is submitted,” said Simoes, a 30-year-old mother of three and a graduate of the country’s Agostinho Neto University. “It’s not a question of choosing where to live, it’s a question of opportunity. There’s nothing else.”