REPUBLIC OF MOZAMBIQUE
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Throughout the 1970s and 1980s Mozambique was in a mess, wracked by poor governance and civil war. This ended in mid-1990s and the country started to get back on its feet. Mozambique is rich in natural resources. The country’s economy is based largely on agriculture, but industry is growing, mainly food and beverages, chemical manufacturing and aluminium and petroleum production. Since the early 2000 things are improving, however Mozambique is still one of the world’s poorest countries. The country was plagued from 1977 to 1992 by a long and violent civil war between the opposition forces of anti-communist Mozambican National Resistance RENAMO rebel militias and the FRELIMO regime. An estimated one million Mozambicans perished during the civil war, 1.7 million took refuge in neighbouring states, and several million more were internally displaced. Most of the other countries believe in white-collar jobs but more people in Mozambique are interested in farming and they believe in producing the resources that can help them sustain on their own. This primary activity is the preference of the people of this region. About 80% of the total population is engaged in agriculture. The flag of Mozambique is a little controversial as it has an AK47 displayed on it. Poaching also is a major problem in Mozambique. During our first visit in 2010 we were told the war and hunger was the major contributor. The opening of the Great Limpopo Trans frontier National Park in 2002 reintroduced rhinos. The park opened with a population of 300 rhinos but during our visit only a few had survived and during our second visit in 2015 the remaining rhino’s also died. During our visit in 2010 we heard that Mozambique had a great economic growth, however the country remains one of the poorest and most underdeveloped in the world. Locals would tell us that in the past five years their income had remain the same while cost went up. Other issues were chronic child malnutrition and aids. On the positive side: gas was discovered and it could be the biggest gas field in the world. Mozambique has around 30000KM of roads, but the majority is unpaved making it difficult to get around after rain. (as we experienced in 2010)
Mozambique offers beauty, serene landscape, beaches, coral reefs, rich marine life and a rich culture. Mozambique is best known for its beach holidays which can be amazing. Long, palm-fringed beaches with sand so fine that it squeaks underfoot, remarkable deltas, shady mangrove forests and freshwater lagoons; tropical islands surrounded by turquoise waters, with iridescent fish swimming amongst pristine coral. Mozambique is a country in Africa for which overlanders need to be determined to travel to.