January 30, 1990
Gabriel Estavo Monjane, 45, believed the tallest man in the world at 8 feet, 3/4 inch. Monjane, recognized by the Guinness Book of Records, weighed 392 pounds and was known in circus circles as the "Giant of Monjacaze" after his birthplace in the southern Mozambican province of Gaza. In Maputo, Mozambique, on Jan. 21 when he accidentally fell in his back yard and hit his head on a concrete patio, the newspaper Noticias reported.
May 9, 1995 |
Nearly 77 years old and clearly slowing down after a grueling first year as president, Nelson Mandela was ready when a reporter gingerly asked about his health. "I would like to challenge Mike Tyson. That is how I feel!" Mandela, who was an amateur boxer as a young man, quipped with a grin. But, he conceded, "At this age, one has a lot of ailments." Mandela has had cataract surgery, wears a hearing aid and walks stiffly because of poor circulation in his feet.
February 28, 2000 |
Helicopter crews plucked at least 1,800 people to safety Sunday as swollen rivers swept away almost everything in their paths in flood-ravaged Mozambique. A new storm system began building off the coast. Many more people gripped whatever high ground they could find as waters continued to rise in the Save and Limpopo rivers of this southeast African country, one of the world's most impoverished nations. They have been stranded for a week and desperately need food.
March 5, 2000 |
Thousands of Mozambique's hungry and thirsty flood victims straggled into makeshift camps Saturday after days of huddling on rooftops or clinging to tree branches. As more supplies and equipment arrived from around the world--including the first of three U.S. planes carrying boats from Miami--survivors at the camps gulped down cornmeal soup and beans, the first food many had eaten in four or five days.
September 23, 1986 |
The government appealed Monday for emergency aid to feed nearly 4 million people who are facing famine in this southern African nation. Speaking at a meeting in Maputo of Mozambique's Natural Disasters Office, the minister of cooperation, Jacinto Veloso, said that hunger is now affecting almost a third of the country's population. He called on "all countries and international organizations to help us in this particularly difficult moment."
July 19, 1990 |
Nelson Mandela, concluding a six-week, 14-country tour of North America, Europe and Africa, returned home Wednesday on his 72nd birthday, promising to meet with President Frederik W. de Klerk within days to discuss a new round of peace talks. "We with the African National Congress are very keen" to clear the remaining obstacles to formal negotiations, Mandela told an airport news conference.