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Previous studies of the Mozambican war are problematic at best-having embraced the narrative emanating from one or the other side.In addition, other studies, too, found themselves rather naively deeming the sophisticated propaganda emanating from apartheid South Africa as reflecting the 'truth', and this propaganda soon found its way into mainstream academic literature.Given the context of the Cold War, and the Marxist ideological orientation of FRELIMO, especially under the leadership of Samora Machel, the struggle being waged also attracted the attention of Washington and Moscow.Ordinary Mozambicans paid dearly for the war-an estimated 1 million dead; millions more made refugees or internally displaced, hundreds of thousands maimed and the economy in ruins.
Because of its tremendous historical significance and continuing importance to ongoing paleoanthropology research, The Cradle of Humankind was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.
Ples and Little Foot have already emerged from this area.
While the scenery may look barren at first glance, the Cradle of Humankind is one of the richest sources of hominid fossils in Africa.
ISBN 978-1-920143-91-6 For 16 years a brutal struggle was fought in the former Portuguese colony between the forces of Front for the Liberation of Mozambique known by its Portuguese acronym FRELIMO and those of the Mozambican National Resistance, more popularly known by the acronym RENAMO.
Whilst clearly a national struggle, it also brought in regional players like Rhodesia and South Africa and even Tanzania and Zambia-all of whom had a vested interest in the outcome of this struggle for supremacy.