In Southeastern Africa; mostly coastal lowlands, uplands in center, high plateaus in northwest, mountains in the west; 801, 590 km2 (2 x CA), 5% arable.
Capital Maputo (pop. 1.1 M)
Population 21.3M (26.6/km2)
Life expectancy 41 years
Lang(s) Emakhuwa (26%), Xichangana (11%), Portuguese (27%, official language spoken by 27% of population) Elomwe (8%), Cisena (7%), Echuwabo (6%), other Mozambiquan languages (32%)
Religions Catholic (24%), Muslim (18%), Zionist Christian (18%), other (18%), none (23%)
Ethnic Groups African (99.7% - Makhuwa, Tsonga, Lomwe, Sena, and others)
PCVs 1998-present; education & health (Volunteers in country: 163; TTD: 435)
Nat’l holiday Independence Day, 25 June (1975)
Portuguese: justiÁa (jush-tee-sa)
by Lisa St Aubin de Teran
A wanderer in a place where no one leaves home; an unmarried woman in a place where men and women have many spouses, the author experiences a curious symbiosis with everyone benefiting from the other's presence.
A woman finds her purpose in this African country starting a school and an organization devoted to sustainable development.
A Girl Named Disaster
by Farmer, Nancy
New York : Orchard Books, c1996.
309 p., map ; 23 cm.
CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1996)
A young girl's spell-binding, treacherous journey from her village in Mozambique to the country of Zimbabwe is the subject of this riveting narrative from Nancy Farmer. Nhamo, a Shona girl of almost 12, flees her village to escape a forced marriage. Her mother died when she was three, but her father and his family are in Zimbabwe and it is there, her maternal grandmother tells Nhamo, that she must go. Her travels are perilous yet transforming. Swept off course into the waters of the great Lake Cabora Bassa, weak and hungry, Nhamo gains strength and skills for survival from the spirits of her Shona ancestors. Later, help comes from a group of people who open Nhamo's eyes to the possibilities that life can hold for her, while members of her father's family answer the questions in her heart. The author, who has lived in both Zimbabwe and Mozambique, has provided readers with a glossary, brief essays on the history of the peoples of Zimbabwe and Mozambique and the belief system of the Shona, and an extensive bibliography to help ground the experience of this tale set in 1981 that shows the juxtaposition and blending of traditional ways and modern life. Ages 11-14.
© Cooperative Children’s Book Center. Reprinted with permission.
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