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Renewed fighting pins down Mozambique's economy

Street vendors sell to drivers along Mozambique's main north-south road as they wait for a military escort to provide protection for trucks and travellersIn Mozambique’s central Nhamapaza region, around 150 cars stand idle on the country’s main highway, waiting for a military convoy to escort them safely north. This is the new normal in a country where clashes between Frelimo, the ruling party, and Renamo, a movement that operates as both an armed insurgent group and an elected opposition party, have intensified, reviving the spectre of a civil war that ended more than 20 years ago. Frelimo and Renamo fought a bloody civil war between 1976 and 1992 that claimed one million lives.

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