The World Through My Eyes

Photographs by young Mozambicans.

History Past and Present

Mozambique's 1600 miles of coastline provide excellent natural ports that have been an important factor in trade routes for centuries. After five centuries as a Portugese colony, Mozambique finally won its independence in 1975. A devastating civil war then crippled the infrastructure. An experiment with Marxism ended in 1989. A UN-negotiated peace agreement with rebel forces brought peace in 1992. Multi-party elections and a free market economy followed. In 1999 and 2000 drought and flooding severely hurt the country's economic stability.

Despite current problems including widespread poverty, landmines left over from the fighting in the 70s and 80s, and an HIV/AIDS rate just under 20%, Mozambique shows great promise and is in many ways a model for other African countries. It has one of the fastest growing economies in Southern Africa and receives positive press internationally. Political stability and sound economic policies are beginning to attract foreign investment.

Photo - Mozambique History
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