It’s November 6th. I should be travelling overland from Malawi to Mozambique. I should be squished in a long base truck with my team alongside duffels of climbing gear, insect specimen nets, and enough food for fourteen people for twenty-one days. I should have my face pressed against the window with my eyes open wide saying oooh! See that? and pointing out beautiful granite dome after beautiful granite dome to my climbing partner Kate while she does the same from the other side of the truck.
We are not en route from Malawi to Mozambique today. We aren’t because at 7 AM on Sunday October 27th we awoke to news of another incidence of violence in central Mozambique. The day before, a civilian convoy of three vehicles was attacked and one person was killed. It was horrible news for families of the person killed and those injured, for the people in the Sofala region, and for the country of Mozambique. Tensions had been escalating in Mozambique in the week leading up to our scheduled departure and we'd been monitoring the situation extremely close. Following the news on Sunday morning, and in light of the rising unrest and expectations of continued escalation heading into the upcoming elections on November 20th, we made the very difficult decision to postpone the project until May/June 2014.