Mozambique, a nation fraught with the aftermath of civil war and, more recently, torrential downpours devastating the countryside, has attained sufficient stability to attempt the mammoth task of reconstructing its social and economic foundation. After suffering through 16-20 years of civil war, which eventually subsided in 1992, Mozambique's demining efforts were progressing when the nation was struck by Cyclone Eline in late February 2000 and Cyclone Hudah in mid-April 2000, complicating the demining mission. Initial reports indicated that mine fields that had been previously mapped for clearance had suddenly vanished, as the violent storms swept the mines to unknown locations. This movement caused demining specialists to fear that the exposed and/or shifted landmines would make rehabilitation increasingly more dangerous for the Mozambican people. Though the shifted mines were an initial fear, later reports debate the severity the displaced land mines pose to the rehabilitation efforts.



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