An unforgettable memoir about driving through Africa’s most treacherous roads during the Mozambican civil war. They called it the ‘Hell Run’.
Miguel Mitras weaves a story of friendships, human vulnerability and navigating through emotions that come at you. In this candid account of trucking through Mozambique in 1991, you might even find a little laugh bubbling out as you read of the shenanigans of the author and his friends. He relives harrowing tales of running the gauntlet through the bandit-infested countryside with humor and vivid imagery.
It’s a compelling read that offers new insights into the conflict, including the chaotic Portuguese departure from Africa in 1974-75. A brutal yet complex civil war followed, where danger lurked everywhere. Especially on the transport corridors which became a battleground.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
A lot of my friends that were on what we called the Mozambique 'Hell Run' (read the synopsis or the book) have since passed away. But when one of my closest friends was taken ill last year, and knowing he didn't have long to live I wanted to keep the memory of those days, of that friendship alive. The best way to do this was to complete this book, something that I had written in the 1990's.
The most striking image is despair on passengers’ faces. When a chapa (the public transport) breaks down in a dangerous area, everybody wanders outside while they try and repair the vehicle. Driving past all you can do is offer them a thumbs-up; you know that these aging, rotten trucks have little chance of getting on the move again. Further down the road, you drive past a whole family whose pickup looks like it has a damaged axle. You wave, but your best wishes only reveal a fear in their eyes as you roll past. Being stranded in bandit territory must be utterly unnerving.
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