ABSTRACT

Kira Salak is an American travel writer. Her powerful book, Four Corners, describes her journey through Papua New Guinea. However, the book begins four year earlier, in Africa. Salak was in Malawi and trying to get to Zimbabwe, via Mozambique. It was 1992 and the civil war in Mozambique was still raging. Taken by a group of soldiers to a building near the border with Zimbabwe, Salak came close to being gang raped. She escaped, yet the memory of that night remained with her. ‘I think about the trip I took four years earlier, to Mozambique’, she writes. ‘I never put that place behind me – I don’t know how to get over it. If there’s some magic elixir that allows one to forget, I haven’t been given it. Mozambique stays’. 1