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

Dossier MZ-0020


1977 1978 September Blank


147. Government Policy: Talk but Fight

Burned-out bus

Above: Archive photograph of two burned-out vehicles - a bus and a bakkie - beside a road in Mozambique after a Renamo ambush. Ambushes of this kind were common in the last months of the conflict, and continued even after the signing of the cease-fire in October 1992.

In parallel with the peace talks being held in Rome, Renamo attacks in the southern provinces increased during May, many of them carried out by instrumentalized teenage boys – in one report described as having an average age of 15. Some of these attacks were closing in on the outer suburbs of Maputo. The Mozambican army, the FPLM, recaptured the small town of Imala in Nampula. In a further development regarding the allegations about the use of chemical weapons in an attack in January, it was reported that a Renamo defector had described meeting other fighters carrying gas masks, but the allegations included inconsistent details. Renamo also attacked the island of Chiloane, where two US investors had set up a small plant to harvest and process crab meat.


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 May 1992.

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