Is it possible to talk about the civil war beetwen Frelimo/Renamo in Moz?
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Aug 15, 2012 2:24 AM Last Post By: peteinaustralia
Jul 29, 2012 9:07 AM
Is it possible to talk about the civil war beetwen Frelimo/Renamo in Moz?I am keen on history, I will travel to Mozambique and I have a few questions.
Can I talk in English with the locals, or Portuegese and tribal languages are only spoken throughout the country?
Is it okay to talk about Mozambique's past? I know Beira is used to be a center of Renamo while Maputo and Southern Mozambique supported Frelimo.
Is it more likely to meet people in Beira who is opened to talk about such things?
Please don't come with the ,,stupid white man don't play with the locals feelings,, I am totally PC, and Obama, Gandhi and Jesus are my heroes.
Thanks for those who help.
Aug 1, 2012 9:27 AM
1I've never had a problem talking to Mozambicans about the Civil war, they're generally quite open about it. Portuguese is spoken (especially by men) in even the most remote areas of the country, however English is only really prevalent in tourism hotspots. Having said that, even in random places in Gaza Province, home to most migrant mine workers going to SA, you can still encounter people who speak a little English in remote areas.
You'll find Renamo and Frelimo supporters throughout the country, but yes, Maputo is dominated by Frelimo (despite the more educated starting to get fed up) and the north has a higher concentration of Renamo supporters. Renamo has lost a lot of ground over the last decade, however, and MDM a much stronger political force. To be totally un-PC, Renamo has become a bit of a joke, worse considering their roots.
I wouldn't be too worried about PC but Jesus being your hero might help as your political conversations are undoubtedly often going to be detoured about your religion.
Aug 5, 2012 12:42 AM
2Its a very interesting topic and would love to hear from you when you are back. Ozzie is quite right about the above. As you may know, after the civil war with the portuguese, the South Africans and Rhodesians, started up Renamo in an effort to destabilise the zone. Rhodesia had Zanu PF (Mugabe) and South Africa had the ANC harbouring Mozambique, so it was important to destabilise it as a safe base. However, Rhodesia fell and hen so did SA, but no one told Renamo its over and they continued the fight, destabilising the country. Ironically, they are still doing so today. When you come through FRELIMO areas, such as in the South, the area is developing, infrastructure being built and the people and police friendly. As you come up north into the Renamo area, its the opposite. Quite tragic to see how these people are still breaking down everything. Try and get hold of the book 'Winds of Havoc' bu Andelino Sera Pirres. He was a big game hunter in the Tete area and wrote a lot about this. And if you do manage to get the book, I'd be willing to buy it from you later!
A word of warning, just be careful who you approach to talk to about this. It could get you into hot water. Rather ask a few questions here and there and see what responses you get. Don't do it in an open forum and don't pry for information you are not getting. Rather find someone who wants to talk about it and I am sure the flood gates will open.
Aug 15, 2012 2:24 AM
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