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DAR-ES-SALAAM- The Struggle in Mozambique

October 9, 1971 DAR-ES-SALAAM The Struggle in Mozambique A K Essack IT was on September 25, 1984, that FRELIMO (Mozambique Liberation Front) militants launched their armed struggle by simultaneously attacking Portuguese strongholds all over Mozambique, and guerilla warfare took root. Samora Machel, President of FRELIMO, in his commemorative message celebrating the seventh year of the struggle has said, "A year is ending when our struggle has been consolidated and expanded. With the seventh year our certainty of victory grew and with it the confidence of our political line". And revealing the successes, as well as the tasks and problems ahead he continued, "Three provinces are at war but six others are not. More than a million Mozambicans are living in freedom but another seven million are enslaved. About a quarter of the territory is free but three-quarters has still to be liberated. The schools, the cooperatives, the hospitals, everything which has been created and growing in our country was because of the 25th September .... but there are many unresolved problems in the liberated area. The medical care is not sufficient; the number of schools is far from meeting our needs and production still falls short. We feel that there are shortcomings in our political work".

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