Page 232. " Mozambique's president, Samora Machel, had declared 'a state of war' with Rhodesia "
Samora Machel
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeSamora Machel - Credit: Hubert Link

Mozambique had not actually declared war.  President Samora Machel's words were "Our country has been attacked and our people are being massacred. We are in a state of war."  But this subtle distinction was lost in an early translation that spoke of a "declaration of war".  The 800-mile border between Mozambique and Rhodesia was closed, and Mozambique began fully to implement the UN-imposed international sanctions against Rhodesia.

TIME magazine, March 1976: AFRICA: The Countdown for Rhodesia

The UK's Daily Mail said: The choice for the Europeans in Rhodesia is not between handing over and hanging on. It is between a chance of survival and certain suicide.


Page 239. " I was going to somewhere called Filabusi, which was so remote I hadn't even heard of it. "
Public DomainFilabusi - Credit: Babakathy

Filabusi was founded in 1899 as a mining settlement centred around Fred mine. The name is a European take on the Ndebele name Mfilubuso which means ‘to create a face’. The possible reason for this name comes from a story that a local was killed by an arrow that struck him in the face.

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Page 245. " Simanje-manje music was blaring from the radio. "

Simanje-manje was a form of South African music that became popular in the 1960s.  The Zulu term means "things of now-now".

This clip provides a sample of military music, songs and historic sounds from the Rhodesian Forces during the bush war: