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Friday, 28 April, 2000, 14:41 GMT 15:41 UK
Flood baby's family start afresh
By Catherine Mahoney of the Red Cross
Sofia Pedro's eyes widened as she saw the front pages of foreign newspapers showing her being rescued from the Mozambican flood waters with her new-born baby, Rosita.
Now living temporarily in a hotel in the capital Maputo, Sofia, her husband Salvador, and their other two children Celina (4) and Menete (2) have no idea of their world renown.
"We are very happy that these pictures were seen around the world," says Salvador.
"It means that the world understands what happened to the people of Mozambique."
Waiting to go home
It was a chance meeting. While standing in the Red Cross offices in Maputo, an official had pointed to the newspaper I was carrying.
The family were collecting clothes, blankets and kitchenware so they could go home sooner.
Home is a tiny village called Mondiano. Sofia was out in the fields when the floods hit.
"It was a Sunday afternoon about four o'clock, and the waters began rising," she remembers.
"The water was coming right up to the house, and was getting stronger and stronger, so like everyone else in the village, we headed for the trees.
"There were 15 of us all together, and we were there for four days. We prayed and prayed.
"We had nothing to eat, and the children cried and cried, but we could do nothing for them."
The name of the tree, Maturrara, means "sacred". The villagers would pray to the tree, for rain, for favours and to talk to those on the other side, so they had faith that it would protect them.
At 0300 on Wednesday morning, Sofia went into labour, and the rest is history.
An hour after baby Rosita was born, the helicopters arrived to take them to safety - and the world's press.
Eventually a local newspaper re-united the two - and Salvador was ecstatic to find his family, complete with new addition.
They are enjoying some benefits: the Government has committed to providing education for all their children - a rarity in a country where less than a third of children go to school.
Did they feel this was a life-changing experience? Sophia and Salvador are very philosophical.
"No, we don't feel that life has changed all that much. We still have to go home in a few weeks and start our lives over again. Our house is gone - we have to move to the neighbouring village Chibutu.
"Our family's future depends on us, on our land, on us rebuilding our home."
And will they have any more children?
Sofia laughs and says, "No way!" but then coyly looks across to her husband.
"You'll have to ask Salvador," she says.