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

Dossier MZ-0020


1977 1978 September Blank


146. Renamo Attacks Suburbs in Beira, Xai-Xai, Nampula and Maputo; Catholics Targetted in Massacre

FPLM troops

Above: Troops of the Forças Populares de Libertação de Moçambique, the FPLM or government army. These soldiers are well armed and clothed, which was not always the case.

In a new development, Renamo began to launch attacks in peri-urban areas of major cities around the country. According to one report they used trucks bringing firewood into the cities to smuggle weapons – drivers often needed to travel considerable distances in search of wood for fuel. The drivers sometimes bribed government soldiers at checkpoints to allow them to pass without inspection.

The conflict continued to impact on multiple areas of rural and urban life: cattle herds were decimated, students were tempted to join the rebels with promises of scholarships to study overseas, and development projects were paralysed. One report describes a massacre of Catholic lay trainees at a centre near Inhambane, with the victims hacked to death with knives and bayonets.


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 April 1992.

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