MAPUTO AND VARIOUS, MOZAMBIQUE
Mozambique has joined the growing list of African countries hard-hit by the double scourge of drought and food scarcity.
MAPUTO AND VARIOUS, MOZAMBIQUE
1. LV & SVs People walking through streets of Maputo (3 shots) 0.10
2. SVs Queue of shoppers and empty shelves (2 shots) 0.16
3. LV & CU Vehicles queueing at petrol pumps (2 shots) 0.21
4. SV & CU Food boxes being unloaded from truck (2 shots) 0.27
5. LV, SV & CU Market with vegetables on display (3 shots) 0.36
6. LV Local people sitting outside clinic 0.40
7. CU PAN INTERIOR Doctor looking at sick baby 0.45
8. LVs & SVs People walking through rain and children playing in large puddle (4 shots) 1.04
9. LV, SVs & CUs Farmer and families line up for ration of seed grain (6 shots) 1.20
10. SVs & CUs Family clearing ground with primitive implements prior to planting (6 shots) 1.36
11. LV, SVs & CUs Mozambique National Resistance forces training in bush camp; on patrol through bush (5 shots) 3.01
12. LV, SVs & CU President Samora Machel reviewing parade of tanks and rockets through Maputo (4 shots) 2.14
13. LV & SV Armed men walk through village (2 shots) 2.25
14. SVs & CUs INTERIOR Orphan children singing as others sit despondently hoping for food; women waiting in the rain (9 shots) 2.53
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Background: MAPUTO AND VARIOUS, MOZAMBIQUE
Mozambique has joined the growing list of African countries hard-hit by the double scourge of drought and food scarcity. In the nation's capital, Maputo, this is evidenced by shortages in almost every aspect of life. Long queues of people wait their turn at shops with nearly empty shelves. Motorists have a hard time to find petrol, and official food rations have been cut. At food markets, there are inadequate supplies coming in from the countryside and what does arrive is of poor quality... all indicators that the country could be on the verge of yet another major African famine. However, in much of Mozambique the vital rainy season has eventually returned after a long absence, giving at lest some cause for celebration in the drought victims' camps. But, as so often happens in impoverished countries, one calamity follows another and, now the farmers have the rain, they have not got the seed they need to produce vitally needed crops. They're having to make do with the spartan ration the authorities can supply. The government has urgently appealed to the world for more seed, but getting it to the farmers on time may now be impossible. The problems are aggravated by the savage guerrilla war being waged by the Mozambique National Resistance (MNR), for years armed by South Africa as part of a campaign to destabilise Mozambique's Marxist government. The MNR is seeking a share or power, and its offensive is mounting despite recent peace accords between Mozambique and South Africa. Despite a bold show of force at a military parade in Maputo, war and economic collapse have forced the regime of President Samora Machel into a series of retreats and accommodations. Some children have grown up knowing nothing but the country's current problems, and in one orphanage the songs are of war and famine. Whether or not the new peace accords will bring security to the food-growing country areas is highly uncertain. What is certain is that without that security the problem of famine will surely grow.
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