The Conflict with Renamo, 1976-1992
«June 1988»

Dossier MZ-0020


1977 1978 September 1981


100. Renamo Spokesperson Nota Moisés Granted Refugee Status in Canada

Reagan and Shultz

Above: A 1986 White House file photograph of US President Ronald Reagan and Secretary of State George Shultz walking together. The Gersony Report on Renamo brutality, issued in June 1988, played a role in the otherwise conservative and anti-communist Reagan administration's policy of not supporting Renamo, despite continuous political pressure from right-wingers. Support from private sources in the US did in fact continue.

Francisco Nota Moisés, a Renamo spokesperson previously resident in Kenya, succeeded in obtaining refugee status in Canada. The Mozambican diplomat Francisco Madeira commented that "we are surprised that Canada would admit a representative of a terrorist organisation. We are very concerned."

The FPLM regained control of Milange (sometimes spelled Mulanje) district, in Zambézia on the Malawi border, which had been occupied by Renamo forces since 1986. The campaign in the Zambezi valley involved joint operations by Mozambican, Tanzanian and Zimbabwean troops, and effectively prevented Renamo from splitting Mozambique into two parts along the Zambezi.

Renamo accused the government's air force of dropping napalm in bombing raids, and banned the Red Cross (ICRC) from areas that the rebel movement controlled.


Click on the yellow folder image below to download an unsorted zipped archive of documents and press clippings in PDF format concerning the conflict between the Mozambican government and the MNR/Renamo in June 1988.

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