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Much of Mozambique moves to the rhythms of the harvest and the monsoon. The Portuguese came after hearing tales of gold fields in 1498.

External support helped form the Frente pela Libertaçao de Moçambique (Frelimo), the independence movement. After the Portuguese were forced to leave in 1975, Frelimo and the anti-Communist resistance party Renamo forced the country into a civil war that lasted until 1992. Things began to get better after the peace agreement was signed. The country began to move forward almost immediately after this took place.

Please note this is a personal blog about living and working in Mozambique.


Human Rights in Mozambican prisons

In all prisons worldwide, many problems need to be addressed. What is often forgotten is that these problems are real human rights issues. This article focuses on human rights, HIV in prisons, female inmates and what actions we can undertake to achieve change, in Mozambique and in other countries.

Posted by: Lisette

Date: January 8, 2013

Scorching sun in Vilankulo

We were eager to get out of the city for quite a while, but work kept us here and visa restraints eliminated traveling options outside Mozambique. After spending an afternoon exploring options in South Mozambique with my dearly beloved Lonely Planet and accompanying partner Internet, I found several interesting options to make a 2-week holiday. Pristine beaches, diving and snorkelling options, islands to discover, and dhow safaris; who can say no to that?

Posted by: Lisette

Date: January 2, 2013

Sand Dollar

Vilankulo, Good Times, Lots of Sun and One Curiosity

Lis and I had a fantastic time, in spite of a rather frenzied return that she will discuss in her post. In any case, we chartered a very authentic (and authentic also means falling apart) dhow …

Posted by: Marlowe

Date: December 28, 2012

Let no good deed go unpunished

Let no good deed go unpunished

So my mission to gain weight has worked too well and I am starting to get fat. To blame are the ubiquitous pastelarias (pastry shops) and my inability to resist […]

Posted by: Marlowe

Date: December 9, 2012

What I Love About Maputo: Lisette’s Top Ten

We’re three months in Maputo; that calls for a reflective blog post. Or so is my public reasoning for writing a blog article about my newfound love for Mozambique and […]

Posted by: Lisette

Date: December 7, 2012

His Dignity and My Humbleness

The other day I was sitting at a local pastry shop enjoying a delicious moist cake when I got a lesson in dignity and self-respect. When I looked up at […]

Posted by: Lisette

Date: November 23, 2012

Marlowe on truck.

Well We’re Movin’ On Up

Lis and I have moved to a new place here in Maputo. Seems VSO has a new policy regarding couples: they prefer to have them stay at their own places […]

Posted by: Marlowe

Date: November 11, 2012

My passionate colleagues

Boa tarde! It is time to write about my work and my fabulous colleagues after I’ve been here two months and worked for one month. I owe much to them […]

Posted by: Lisette

Date: November 1, 2012

Museu de Historia Natural

As we were walking back from a lovely time at Café Dhow, we passed Museu de Historia Natural. We knew it was somewhere, but never figured out where as we […]

Posted by: Lisette

Date: October 23, 2012

It’s a whole new world: cornbread

We invited Fadi and Lucia over for a goodbye dinner as they left today for Uruguay. Such is the volunteer life: transient. In the past couple of weeks, Fadi and […]

Posted by: Lisette

Date: October 21, 2012