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Happy two thousand thirteen

2013 is a weird number to get used to, but before we know it, 2014 will be upon us, so no matter…. On 10 January I returned to work at Amnesty International after a year’s sabbatical in Mozambique.  Exactly one … Continue reading

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Mozambique in retrospect

Back from Mozambique a few weeks and already I’m taking for granted the luxuries that excited me on arrival: hot water in every tap, 24/7 electricity and water supply, central heating, fast internet, cheese, chocolate, brown bread, dustless sealed roads, … Continue reading

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Last impressions of Mozambique

  Xmas party for street children As I start to dispose of accumulated belongings before leaving Mozambique, I think of the colours and images that will spring to mind in future when I think of this country.  Less the long … Continue reading

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Mozambique Island

  The historic gateway to eastern Africa, Mozambique Island held an exotic attraction for me that I had to respond to before my time was up here.  Getting there from Chimoio involved a hot 15 hour bus ride (starting at … Continue reading

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The office

Thank god for a more and more paperless world, because stationery – what we usually associate with a functional office – is a scant resource where I am.  There’s no stationery supply as such, but people find their own bits: … Continue reading

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Samora Machel 1933 – 1986

This year (2011) was declared Samora Machel year in Mozambique. A modest, not overly educated but charismatic man, Samora led the independence struggle against Portugal and became the first president of independent Mozambique in 1975 (unelected). On 19 October 1986 … Continue reading

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Battle of the mobile phone giants

Looking around, it seems that all but the most deprived people in Mozambique have access to a mobile phone. A lady selling tomatoes and onions in the market will keep hers in her bra or tucked into her capolana waist … Continue reading

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