In 1994 the most haunting thing about Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, was the number of street children, amputees and limbless people begging. The famous Victorian railway station, now a World Heritage Site, was gothic and menacing. Brechtian figures, dehumanised and desperate, used tree branches as crutches. Mozambique’s civil war lasted from 1976 to 1992. With a fragile two-year peace after a war that had made most of the rural areas impassable, Mozambique’s roads were still dirt, and there were no maps. In the rural areas, we were unable to walk off main roads: landmines were everywhere ...


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