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History of Cobue



The Portuguese left a legacy in Cobue, but there was still only a 5% literacy rate among black people when they left after the war of independence in 1975. After independence there was a substantial increase in secondary school enrolment but the economy remained poor, with the Portuguese pulling out their capital and their skills, and then a few years of flooding and drought. Today however the little town is mainly run by tourism from Niassa.

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