The ending of the war in Zimbabwe has relieved a great economic and political strain on neighbouring black African states.
GV: Huts in Maboudji Refugee Camp, Tete Province, Mozambique (2 shots)
GV: People moving on open space in camp with huts in background
SV: People sitting around fire
GV: Group outside hut
CU PAN: People in camp (2 shots)
GV: People around cooking pots as cooks stir with large poles (2 shots)
GV: Crowd dancing and singing revolutionary songs. (2 shots)
CU: Man's feet TILT UP TO man holding baby
GV: Crowd clapping as dancers perform
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Background: The ending of the war in Zimbabwe has relieved a great economic and political strain on neighbouring black African states. An estimated 200,000 refugees were living outside Zimbabwe and are now being returned as rapidly as possible.
SYNOPSIS: Mozambique bore the main burden of the refugee problem - accommodating 160,000 people. This camp in the Tete Province was crammed earlier this year.
It is now almost completely deserted.
Only children and teachers remain because their schools in Zimbabwe are not yet rebuilt.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has estimated that it will cost at least 140 million dollars (U.S.) to resettle all the displaced people and refugees returning home. Aid agency officials fear the task may take 18 months.
The problems facing the returning refugees are enormous. According to relief agencies, may rural areas of Zimbabwe any face famine in October. A two-year drought has exacerbated already state food shortages and farmers may need aid until next year's harvest. The repatriations, however, are continuing, in spite of many administrative problems.
As these Zimbabweans wait to return to their homeland they keep alive their traditional dances and still sing their revolutionary songs.
With the repatriation of the refugees the Mozambique government hopes to reconstruct the national economy.
President Samora Machel has launched a campaign to attract foreign investment and revitalise the private sector. And with the border with Zimbabwe now open for trade, as well as for the movement of refugees, he is hoping for an increase in export traffic to Mozambique's ports.