National Geographic : 1964 Aug
pearances, at least-an island of tranquillity. Portuguese civil servants and Mozambicans worked together to improve schools, health services, roads, and railways. People of many races and creeds lived harmoniously on gov ernment-sponsored land settlements. The Psycho-Social Service, an organization com parable to our Peace Corps, worked effective ly among isolated tribes (pages 220-21). Colonists Build a New Life Driving through monotonous bush country along the Limpopo River north of Lourengo Marques, I came upon striking evidence of Portugal's determination to improve the Mo zambican land and the lot of its people. From a distance I saw village lights, and soon I was driving along a paved street lined with modern cinder-block buildings. A sign proclaimed the Pousada do Limpopo, an inn. I checked in for a room. From workers relaxing at the inn's side walk cafe, I learned that I had arrived in Guija, one of 13 villages comprising the Lim popo Colonato, largest of several settlement programs (pages 202-3). I looked up the administrator of the colony and asked questions. "We have 2,000 families settled here," said Arab blood shows in the fragile beauty of a young mother on Mozambique Island. Vibrant Negro girl lives at Mocimboa da Praia, in a coastal area long exposed to foreign influence. Pierced right nostril holds an orna mental nose disk, an Asian adornment. Her sarilike robe doubles as a primer; its Bantu words mean a pretty girl is as sharp as an ax. Faces form a racial mosaic Lissome Eurasian belongs to a small Chi nese community. Mozambique's Chinese have intermarried with other Asians, Portu guese, and Negroes. Sturdy settler from Portugal (far left) cro chets a tablecloth for her new home in the Limpopo Colonato (next page).