Operation Leave Home: a new social media trend encourages young Angolans to fly the coop

5 October 2018

Digital Content

Operation Leave Home is a social media trend created by young Angolans to encourage each other to strike out on their own.

In the past few months, hundreds of youth have posted images of themselves packing up and moving out of their parents’ home, an act of defiance and victory for those working toward personal independence.

But most of them can't really leave because they're stuck at home. The movement calls attention to the fact that many young Angolans stay home due to chronic financial crises, with youth unemployment hovering around 56 percent.

Operation Leave Home is trending after the viral meme challenge known as ‘You just killed me swept Angola with youth protesting the negligence of their government to care for basic needs.

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