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

Dossier MZ-0020


1977 1978 September 1981


102. US Businesses Provide Renamo with Computer and Comms Equipment

Two FPLM soldiers with bazooka

Above: Two government (FPLM) soldiers in an informal photograph, one carrying a bazooka, apparently in a relaxed mood.

Newsweek journalist Spencer Reiss flew into Renamo's base area and filed a report headlined "Heart of Darkness", which included mention of Nick de la Casa, at that time still being held captive by the rebels for attempting to make a film about them. De la Casa was eventually released, but was killed in Iraq a few years later. The trip was organised by an extremist right-wing US organisation called "Freedom Inc.", and the journalists (including John Battersby of the New York Times) took off from Johannesburg.

Deolinda Guezimane, a deputy in the Assembleia Popular and a former head of the women's organisation, the OMM, criticised the International Red Cross for flying supplies into Renamo-held areas, and called for a clear statement of government policy on the matter.

The FPLM's offensive in Zambézia had the effect of pushing Renamo groups northwards into Nampula, where they began to attack transport routes.


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 August 1988.

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