Liberation movements have been fighting Government forces in the Portuguese dominated territories in African for a decade and more. In the words of the Angolan Leader, Agostinho Neto, they are working "to free and modernize our peoples by a dual revolution-against their traditional structure which can no longer serve them and against colonial rule". The United Nations has recognized the liberation movements as "the authentic representatives" of their peoples. The struggle in Mozambique is spearheaded by Frelimo (Frente de Liberacao de Mocambique) the Mozambique Liberation Front which claims control over more than a quarter of the country.
One of the older Makonde combattants pauses to look back reflectively along the path he has travelled. [Exact date unknown]