The story of a gentle soldier

An incredible story

Africa far and wide

manual-the-gentle-soldierWhen I think of Manual, I think of Forrest Gump. It seems that for a good part of his life, this gentle man ran from one war to another , doing everything in his power to avoid conflict – the political conflict he neither supported nor wanted any part of.

Manual was born in 1931 in Muxungue, central Mozambique. It was a simple life in that imports had not been introduced to the area and they lived on what the local land could provide. His uncomplicated childhood would be just that, his childhood. His adulthood would tell a different story – an age that coincided with the colonial reign and their struggle to remain in power and finally 15 years of guerrilla war between the 2 Mozambican political parties, Frelimo and Renamo.

Manual flees slavery

In 1947, Manual fled Mozambique and crossed the border into Zimbabwe where he lived for…

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