MOZAMBIQUE: Looking Back in Pictures

Leonard Lea Frazer

Since my five visits to Mozambique between 1970-1973 the old Portuguese East African country has gone from being a 300 year old colony to an independent country. During the last 45 years Mozambique has been through drought, famine, flooding and civil war.

Through all of that, I still see the place where I used to go and “trade old clothing for wood carvings.” I was surprised to discover, after using a search engine on the preceding line, in which I got 217,000 results, the fourth one down read - LEARNING THE “LINGO” / The Valley Sentinel. That was a story that I wrote just a few weeks ago in this paper. That makes me wonder, was I the only guy trading old clothing? Here are some of my photos from when I was just a young Reluctant Travel Writer.

MOZAMBIQUE: Looking Back in Pictures

The new Mozambique Flag was adopted on May 1, 1983. It includes the image of an AK-47 with a bayonet attached to the barrel, and is one of only two national flags of UN member states to feature a firearm (the other being Guatemala). Green stands for the riches of the land, the white fimbriations signify peace, black represents the African continent, yellow symbolizes the country's minerals, and red represents the struggle for independence. The rifle stands for defence and vigilance, the open book symbolizes the importance of education, the hoe represents the country's agriculture, and the star symbolizes Marxism and internationalism.

 Two small Thompson Gazelles carvings.
Two small Thompson Gazelles carvings.
Details of two Mozambique beer bottle labels, part of my world Beer Bottle Collection.
Details of two Mozambique beer bottle labels, part of my world Beer Bottle Collection.