chapter  II
Outstanding Regional Issues
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II. OUTSTANDING REGIONAL ISSUES Mozambique: the players and stakes WHY MACHEL SUED FOR PEACE By late 1983, when Mozambique's President, Samora Machel, asked the US to see if South Africa would agree to discuss a rapprochement, his country was reeling under the impact of several years of drought, economic mismanagement and depredations by RENAMO guerrillas. The drought had already caused the deaths of 100,000 people and had uprooted and displaced several hundred thousand more from the parched countryside. After three years without rain, the peasants, who make up over 80% of Mozambique's population, had already consumed all their seed grain.