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2008 Warden Messages

Kidnapping in Maputo (July 11, 2008)

July 11, 2008

This warden message is to notify the U.S. community in Mozambique of the kidnapping of a long-term resident (not a U.S. citizen) the evening of Thursday, July 10 in Maputo.  The victim was released Friday, July 11.  Given the recent increase in violent crime and this kidnapping, the U.S. Embassy in Maputo strongly urges all U.S. citizens in Mozambique to review your personal security practices.  The U.S. Embassy strongly advises American citizen embassy personnel and families to avoid all pedestrian traffic along the Marginal between the Southern Sun (previously the Holiday Inn) and the Waterfront restaurant.  Remember, if you are confronted by a criminal demanding your vehicle or valuables, do not resist.  If you are a victim of crime in Mozambique, please notify the U.S. Embassy.

Americans living or traveling in Mozambique are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department’s travel registration web site so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security within Mozambique. For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at, where current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, and Travel Warnings can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S., or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy is located in Maputo at 193 Avenida Kenneth Kaunda, telephone (258) 21 49 2797. Non-emergency American Citizens Services are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 to 11:00 AM, excluding U.S. and Mozambican holidays. Please schedule all visits for non-emergency American Citizens Services, including passports, extra passport pages, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, notarial services and information requests, during these hours.

The after-hours telephone numbers for use in emergencies are (258) 21 49 0723 and 21 49 2797. The Consular Section's e-mail address is The Embassy's web site is