Guerrilla attacks on the rail link with Rhodesia and uncertainly about the political future of Mozambique has reduced the normally heavy flow of Rhodesian tourists to Beira to a trickle.
GV Deserted border posts
GV & CU Empty filling station and pump (3 shots)
GV Train in station
Gv People in restaurant car
GV Train along track
GV Deserted beach at Beira
GV Deserted beach pavilion and play area
Gv Hotel Dom Carlos and Estoril
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Background: Guerrilla attacks on the rail link with Rhodesia and uncertainly about the political future of Mozambique has reduced the normally heavy flow of Rhodesian tourists to Beira to a trickle.
It is the height of the tourist season in Beira and normally 5000 white landlocked Rhodesians come down to enjoy the sea in May and June. This year a local hotel owner estimates there are only around 60 or 70 in the town.
The train journey from Rhodesia is no longer safe. Since the beginning of the year, Frelimo guerrillas have been launching attacks on the railway line and in one recent incident a Rhodesia-bound coach was hit by machine gun fire and twelve people were killed.
The new government in Lisbon with its declared readiness to end the war with the guerrillas and give the Africans in Mozambique more self-government -- has caused anxiety among Mozambique's 200,000 whites. This anxiety has extended to the Rhodesian visitors who are unsure of the reception they will receive. Africans are demanding more money and, for the first time, ar allowed to strike.
One local businessman is reported to have grumbled: 'The tourist trade has died and I don't need all my staff. But they all want more money and I don't dare sack anyone'.