Thousands demonstrated in Maputo in October against the wave of kidnappings and the threat of war (photo:dpa)

Mozambique’s hopes evaporate under fears of civil war

Skirmishes between government troops and the main opposition could plunge Mozambique into civil war. The country’s hopes of attracting international investments to exploit huge offshore gas reserves and rich coal deposits could be jeopardised by this instability and a rash of lawlessness and kidnappings.

<i>Mozambique is on a tightrope, facing two very serious problems. One is the risk of a renewal of civil conflict, as Renamo militias clash with the army and police, bringing instability to provinces in the centre and north of the country. The other is a wave of kidnappings in the capital, Maputo, which is terrorising the middle class and expatriates. Only a fast and fair agreem...

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The clashes between government and opposition forces, which waged a 16-year civil war until 1992 costing one million lives, are now threatening the country’s huge economic potential
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