The Conflict with Renamo, 1976-1992
«November 1982»

Dossier MZ-0020


1977 1978 September 1981


33. Six Kidnapped Bulgarian
Technicians Freed by FPLM

Samora Machel speaking

Above: President Samora Machel, dressed in guerrilla fatigues and in a characteristic pose while delivering a speech a few months earlier, in June 1982.

The six Bulgarian road engineers who were kidnapped in Zambézia Province on 27 August were rescued from MNR captivity by the Mozambican armed forces, the FPLM, on 2 November. This was announced a week later, on the 9th. The group included two women, one of whom, the engineer Roumiana Krasteva Doinova (as spelled in the reports), was the team leader. Meanwhile, the seven Portuguese, including a 5-year-old child, who had been abducted by the rebels in October (see previous page in this series), were released just across the border with Zimbabwe, in a gesture that the MNR in Lisbon described as a "gesture of defiance" timed to coincide with a working visit by President Samora Machel to Harare to discuss security issues of common interest.


Consolidated Downloadable Zipped Files

Click on the yellow folder image below to download an unsorted zipped archive of documents and press clippings in PDF format concerning the armed conflict between Renamo/MNR and the Mozambican government in November 1982.

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