December 7, 1997 |
Free-market democracy seems a strange fit for this scrapheap of Marxist dreams, crippled by civil war. But to its own surprise, Mozambique is suddenly an example for Africa. In this Mediterranean-flavored capital, bankers in suits weave among construction crews on Mao Tse-tung and Ho Chi Minh streets. At night, neon bounces gaily off flaking pastel walls. On rich rural land that for years produced only famine, farmers are harvesting again.
May 30, 1987 |
South African commandos, apparently hunting insurgents of the African National Congress, raided the Mozambican capital of Maputo early Friday and killed three people, Mozambique's official AIM news agency reported. Four attacks, all near the presidential palace in Maputo's well-to-do Polana district, were carried out simultaneously about 3 a.m. by heavily armed, four-man squads. They got away by boat after blowing up their cars on the Maputo seafront, according to the news agency.
November 30, 1987 |
Rightist guerrillas killed at least 63 people and wounded 78 in an attack on an army-escorted civilian convoy north of Maputo, hospital and government officials said Sunday. The attack Saturday on the main road near Maluana, 32 miles from the capital of Maputo was blamed by government officials on the guerrillas' Mozambique National Resistance. On Sunday, 32 charred and burning trucks and buses lined the road for almost a mile.
October 21, 1986 |
Samora M. Machel, president of Mozambique, was a man of fiery intensity, quick wit and immense charisma, a heroic figure in revolutionary Africa. But those qualities were not enough to stop Mozambique's economic slide, which began when the Portuguese colonialists--most of the professional middle-class--fled after the country became independent from Portugal in 1975.
July 19, 1985 |
Just across the Limpopo River from Chokwe, more than 5,500 Mozambique peasants, the victims of five years of drought, are starving, and Red Cross workers cannot take them any of the food stockpiled here from donations from around the world. "They are at the point where they are eating roots, bark from trees, leaves, whatever they can find," said Birgitte Bay, a Danish nutritionist working in Chokwe for the League of Red Cross Societies.
December 14, 1989 |
South African President Frederik W. de Klerk will visit Maputo on Friday for talks with President Joaquim Chissano, the Mozambican AIM news agency announced Wednesday. De Klerk met Chissano in Maputo last July before he became South Africa's state president.