THE CHAMELEON AND THE BUFFALO: Peace Boat passengers learn about trauma and reconciliation in Mozambique
The power was out at the Cidadela das Criancas orphanage and the visitors from Peace Boat waited in the dark dining hall. Somebody switched on a torch and then, a shriek: shiny bugs swarmed the open windows at the new light; they collided with faces, popping on the vinyl tablecloths and scuttling over laps. “At that point, I just wanted to go back to Japan,” said 21-year old passenger Jinno Akari later.
When Peace Boat docked in Maputo on December 18, Jinno joined a small group of passengers embarking on a two-day programme to learn about reconciliation initiatives after Mozambique’s civil war, which claimed the lives of more than 1 million people between 1977 and 1992.
Portugal’s colonization of Mozambique, which ended when the Europeans abruptly pulled out of the country in 1975, is regarded as having been particularly divisive —> Read More Here