The Conflict with Renamo, 1976-1992
«April 1988»

Dossier MZ-0020


1977 1978 September 1981


98. US State Dept. Publishes Gersony Report; Renamo's Evo Fernandes Killed in Lisbon

Burnt-out bus, Mozambique, 1988

Above: A burned-out bus: attacks on communal methods of transport such as buses and trains used by the povo were common, and many people were killed while simply attempting to make necessary journeys along Mozambique's roads and lines of rail.

The US State Department released a 43-page report by Robert Gersony, based on extensive fieldwork in Mozambique, which attributed 100,000 deaths in the conflict to Renamo's activities. The report angered right-wing anti-communists in the United States, but played a part in keeping the US policy of distancing from Renamo in place, and put paid to any idea of a visit to the US by Afonso Dhlakama.

The Renamo leader Evo Fernandes was killed in Lisbon in mysterious circumstances. Click here to jump to MHN's page of documents, reports and interviews about Fernandes.


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 April 1988.

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