War Affected Children: Mozambique

Decades of war in Mozambique have left the streets of its capital city, Maputo, plagued with orphaned children who survive on the city’s garbage, in destroyed and looted buildings, and by trolling the streets for anything of value.

They are all malnourished, diseased, and often traumatized by things too horrible to imagine, like the twelve-year-old boy who told me how Renamo’s rebels had forced him to shoot both his parents.

Many of these youth were “child soldiers”, and now that the actual “shooting” war is over, another kind of war has begun. These children have nothing to do, and no where to go. They are war babies with often dangerous skills, and I wonder what kind of parents and leaders they will grow into.










Robert Semeniuk