25 June 2005 marked the 30 th anniversary of the revolution in Mozambique, and the 10 th anniversary of peace in Mozambique. In 1975, after being a Portuguese colony for 470 years, Mozambique was abandoned by the Portuguese and declared independent on 25 June 1975. Despite the existence of several political parties and numerous requests for a referendum or elections, the Portuguese abandoned the country to the Marxist revolutionaries, Frelimo – without any referendum or opportunity for elections. Frelimo’s leader, Samora Machel, declared Mozambique “the first truly Marxist-Leninist country in Africa!”
Statement written by Francisco Nota Moises, former Frelimo member and official of the National Council.
“It was a known fact within Frelimo that Samora Machel had practiced ritual cannibalism in the Sixties while undergoing treatment by voodoo practitioners. In his bid to be unchallengeable, invincible and capable of warding off all dangers through witchcraft, Machel gave his soul over to Satan. Because of their strange beliefs, Frelimo leaders, including the present president of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano, do usually resort to witchdoctors. It was Chissano who instituted concentratton camps and forced-labour camps in Mozambique."
The response of the Frelimo Dictatorship in Mozambique to the increasing successes of the resistance movement has been a scorched earth policy, where all food supplies in “liberated zones’ under Renamo control or in contested areas are systematically destroyed.
The aim has been to deprive the resistance of its source of food and starve them into defeat. The manmade famine was then conveniently blamed on “the bandits’, and relief agencies were called upon to publish this Frelimo propaganda (from Agency Information Mozambique - AIM).
MOZAMBIQUE - HEALTH SITUATION 1988
4-Million displaced persons within Mozambique.
1-Million refugees have fled from Mozambique.
100 000 Deaths in civil war between 1975-1985.
1-Million deaths due to starvation caused by Socialist nationalisations, collectivisations and scorched earth policies.
37% Of budget 1987-1988 devoted to military expenditure.
A team of three Frontline missionaries have just returned from a two and a half month - five nation - field outreach which included 14 000km of driving over some of the worst roads in Central Africa. Their truck suffered 18 flat tyres, and two members of the team came down with malaria, during this epic journey. Some days involved walking 30km, or more, in the blazing heat of the Zambezi valley, in order to deliver Bibles and Gospel booklets to Mozambique and Zambian tribesman in remote areas.
A Frontline mission team recently returned from a 16 week long, 14 000 km field outreach to Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
During this extensive field trip they conducted 27 Discipleship Training Seminars, 77 evangelistic meetings for women and children, 50 church services and 117 Bible studies! On two occasions team members had their passports and money stolen. On each occasion Robert tracked down the thieves and recovered the stolen items.
Three Frontline missionaries recently returned from an extensive 4 month, 4 nation mission tour. It involved over 200 meetings, including 21 Seminars and conferences, and 18 000 km driving throughout Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe (hence M2Z2). Frontline Field Director, Robert reports:
Discipleship Training Seminars (DTS) were held at 16 rural locations in Malawi and Mozambique. As always, our emphasis was to instruct church leaders in the fundamentals of the Christian faith. Virgil and I conducted about 120 meetings with the men; Louise held 80 with the women and children. In all, 180 Chichewa Bibles were awarded to those who memorised Scripture portions.
Testimony of an ex-FRELIMO (FPLM) soldier who participated in this massacre:
The tranquility of village life in Northern Mozambique was shattered by the screaming and abuse shouted by seventy-five Frelimo troops as they swept through the rows of mud-and-thatch huts, herding all the inhabitants towards the clearing in the centre of the kraal. Those villagers who were too old or sick to walk by themselves were stabbed to death with bayonets.
Testimony of Peter Ighofose, a 52-year-old Nigerian businessman, who spent four months in jail in Mozambique:
“Cadeia Central Prison was built in colonial times to hold a maximum of 500 prisoners. Now, under the Marxist Frelimo there are 8 000 prisoners incarcerated there. My cell had 400 — many dying from malnutrition and torture, and many had gone insane. Frelimo prison officials force women prisoners and youths to submit to sexual perversions with guards and the police. The guards also operate a slave labour system and sell prison food to outsiders.”
Churches among the Lomwe — Makua tribes of war-ravaged Zambezia province are experiencing incredible growth and revival blessings. Zambezia is the most populous province of Socialist Mozambique and its Lomwe-Makua people group represent over 40% of Mozambiques 15 million population. In 1982 the Lomwe-Makua were listed as an Unreached Peoples Group. Now there are over 300 000 believers in 600 evangelical congregations.