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Peace Corps Mozambique Welcome Book | May 2009

Peace Corps Mozambique Welcome Book | May 2009

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Peace Corps Mozambique Welcome Book
Peace Corps Mozambique Welcome Book

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Published by: Accessible Journal Media Peace Corps Docs on Jun 14, 2010
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When it comes to your safety and security in the Peace Corps,

you have to be willing to adapt your behavior and lifestyle to


Incidence rates equal the number of assaults per 100 Volunteers and trainees
per year (V/T years). Since most sexual assaults occur against females, only
female V/Ts are calculated in rapes and other sexual assaults.


The average numbers of incidents are in parenthesis and equal the average
number of reported incidents for each year between 2003–2007. Numbers of
incidents are approximate due to rounding.


Due to the small number of V/T years, incidence rates should be interpreted

with caution.

Source data on incidents are drawn from Assault Notification Surveillance
System (ANSS), Epidemiologic Surveillance System (ESS), and Crime
Incident Reporting Form (CIRF); the information is accurate as of 4-21-09.

Prior to CIRF and prior to 2006, Other Sexual Assaults were termed Minor
Sexual Assault. and Other Physical Assaults were termed Minor Physical
Assault per ANSS definitions.



minimize the potential for being a target for crime. As with

anywhere in the world, crime does exist in Mozambique. You

can reduce your risk by avoiding situations that make you feel

uncomfortable and by taking precautions. Crime at the village

or town level is less frequent than in the large cities; people

know each other and generally are less likely to steal from

their neighbors. Tourist attractions in large towns are favorite

worksites for pickpockets. The following are safety concerns

in Mozambiqueof which you should be aware:

As a Volunteer you will draw unwanted and unsolicited

attention that exposes you to a risk of harassment greater

than that in the United States. Mozambique is coming out

of a violent and turbulent period in its history. Guns are still

widely available. Many young people caught up in the civil war

are finding it difficult to earn a livelihood, and some of them

fall into crime. You are likely to experience petty crime (e.g.,

pick pocketing) while you are on a crowded bus or burglary

of your home while you are on an extended vacation. You will

need to exercise special caution in Mozambique’s larger cities.

Mozambique still has an estimated 1 million land mines in its

soil. De-mining operations are underway, but many areas are

still heavily mined. Although Peace Corps Volunteers and staff

have not had any incidents with land mines, it is important

to be aware of the risks from land mines. As long as you are

careful when traveling, walking only on roads and well-trav-

eled paths and seeking knowledge of land mine placements

from local people in the community, you should be safe.

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