chapter  4
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Mozambique: Post-War Reconstruction and the LINK NGO Forum, 1987-94

The signing of the General Peace Agreement on 4 October 1992 marked the end of 17 years' brutal civil war in Mozambique. To a large extent the laying down of arms was the last viable option for exhausted combatants faced with devastating drought and starvation. The war left an estimated one million persons dead, 250,000 children orphaned, thousands of homes and farms destroyed and mines strewn across the country. Half the war's fatalities were children. One-third of the fighters were also children.