Through a spiritual lens— under a lowering sky

MAPUTO BAY, MOZAMBIQUE, 1991

As a boy, I sometimes sailed boats off the white, palm-fringed beaches of Mozambique. But after civil war broke out there in 1974, what had once been an idyllic Indian Ocean haven for vacationers from neighboring lands was suddenly off-limits, and the country became a nightmare for those living within its borders

I sneaked back as a journalist in 1992 to find that protracted fighting had taken its toll on the infrastructure and on those who lived in its capital, Maputo. Yet, there were occasional glimmers of hope amidst this sea of destruction.

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