On Saturday, December 16, 2022, Mozambique will mark the 50th anniversary of the Wiriyamu massacre, in which more than 1,000 people were killed by Portuguese colonial forces. The massacre, which took place in the village of Wiriyamu in the Tete province, is considered one of the worst atrocities committed during Mozambique’s struggle for independence.
The commemoration will be attended by President Filipe Nyusi, as well as other government officials and members of the international community. A series of events will be held, including a wreath-laying ceremony at the Wiriyamu memorial site and a national day of mourning.
The massacre at Wiriyamu took place on December 16, 1972, when Portuguese troops stormed the village in response to an attack by independence fighters. In the ensuing violence, more than 1,000 people were killed, including women and children. The Portuguese soldiers are said to have used indiscriminate force, burning homes and committing other atrocities.
The massacre at Wiriyamu was part of a wider campaign of repression by the Portuguese authorities, who were fighting to maintain their control over Mozambique. The country eventually gained its independence in 1975, after a long and bloody struggle.
Today, the Wiriyamu massacre is remembered as a tragic chapter in Mozambique’s history, and a reminder of the sacrifices made in the fight for freedom. As the country commemorates the 50th anniversary of the massacre, many are calling for justice for the victims and their families.