The Conflict with Renamo, 1976-1992
«February 1987»

Dossier MZ-0020


1977 1978 September 1981


84. Five Zambezi Valley Towns Recaptured in Joint FPLM-ZNA Operation

Refugees in Mozambique, walking along a road, 1980s

Above: A group of displaced persons walking along a road during the conflict. The total number of people displaced internally was 5.7 million, with another 1.7 million refugees in neighbouring countries, and an estimated one million people dead.

The Mozambican army, supported by Zimbabwean troops, recaptured a string of towns along the Zambezi valley that had been lost to the MNR/Renamo during the surge of fighters entering Mozambique from Malawi at the end of 1986-early 1987. The towns were Sena, Mutara, Vila Nova, Baue and Vila Caia. It was also announced that a sénior MNR commander had been killed, and another captured.

Maputo radio reported that 50 people died at the hands of the MNR in Guruè, in Zambézia, during attacks on five tea-processing plants in the area. The group of attackers was estimated to number 500 men, and the sabotage of the processing plants caused damage in the millions of dollars.


Click on the yellow folder image below to download an unsorted zipped archive of documents and press clippings in PDF format concerning the conflict between the Mozambican government and the MNR/Renamo in February 1987.

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