Photographer's Note

This is technically not a great photograph, as it was shot against the evening light, but I wanted to post it to show what ‘suburban’ Maputo – the capital of Mozambique – looks like, because the small number of other photographs of Maputo that have been posted to TrekEarth have all been taken around the downtown area or on the beach.

This is not a market, but a street of houses with people trying to make a living by selling produce, clothes, or anything else that people might buy right outside where they live. 70% of people in Mozambique live below the poverty line, 12% have HIV/AIDS, and many other infectious diseases like hepatitis A and typhoid fever are prevalent, so it’s a tough life for people living here. Whilst there are many beggars around, the majority of the population is quite industrious, and will make a few dollars a day to live on through these subsistence enterprises.

Over the past few days, I have seen areas much poorer than this, so I guess this is about what you could call the poverty line.

A brutal 16-year civil war between 1976 and 1992 turned Mozambique into one of the world's poorest countries. There are estimated to be still about two million unexploded land mines in Mozambique. Since democratic elections in 1994, the country has seen more stability but is heavily reliant on foreign aid.

Few tourists visit Mozambique. Most that do are from nearby Swaziland who come for the beach (which Swaziland doesn’t have). Foreign tourists are advised to stay in their hotels at night, as it is too dangerous to venture out, and during the day never carry valuables – including a camera, which sort of makes it hard to be a tourist!

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