The economic cost has been estimated at US$15 billion. Today, its second democratic election held peacefully in December, Mozambique is seen as one of Africa’s success stories with a growing economy, stability and political tolerance.
Mozambique’s renaissance is unique. the guns fell silent even before the Rome peace accords were signed in 1992. The end of the Cold War; the abolition of apartheid; rising costs for Zimbabwe’s troops inside Mozambique in support of Frelimo; and the decline of Kenya’s regional ambitions, removed many of the external ingredients that had fed the civil war.