2014 Mozambique Presidential Elections:

General Report (BBC)

Alto Molocue, Zambezia Report

The District of Alto Molocue is home to more than 270,000 residents according to the 2007 census. There are over 50 voting sites around the district and three sites for the town of Alto Molocue, the capital of the district. Today, we visited one of three voting sites located at the primary school near the main government buildings and secondary school. These three sites serve an estimated population of 30,000 people. The voting process is as follows: you show your identification card and the election workers confirm you are a registered voter for that location, then they check your finger for ink. Once they have determined you are registered and have not voted, you are explained the process for voting and given your ballot. You then enter into a closed area where you make your choices and drop your ballot in a ballot box. Upon exiting, they cover your right pointer finger in ink so you cannot vote again. I tried to take a photo of the election tables inside the classrooms but was not allowed.

The observations we were able to take from the Alto Molocue voting location are as follows:

1. Everything seemed to be running smoothly, all election tables were up and functioning and about 80% of classrooms in which the voting occurred had queues. 

2. Many people were saying that they were surprised by how low the turnout was. Saying the turnout for the Municipal Elections last year was significantly greater. 

3. I was surprised at the large number of youth that were voting, including many of my current and previous secondary school students.

4. I did see election observers from The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa. They were very active, walking around the edges of the voting area and inside of the classrooms where voting was taking place.

5. No one complained of not being permitted to vote for any reason and most people voting were in good spirits.

6. There exists a significant amount of concern over potential violence, particularly in the major cities, based on certain potential outcomes of the election. 

Overall, I was impressed by the efficiency of the election teams and by the overall feeling that voters believed their vote made a difference. I hope that the process in Alto Molocue and the rest of the country continues to run smoothly, fairly and peacefully.


The Next Breadbasket By Joel K. Bourne Jr. Photographs by Robin Hammond For National Geographic

Why big corporations are grabbing up land in Africa

She never saw the big tractor coming. First it plowed up her banana trees. Then her corn. Then her beans, sweet potatoes, cassava. Within a few, dusty minutes the one-acre plot near Xai-Xai, Mozambique, which had fed Flora Chirime and her five children for years, was consumed by a Chinese corporation building a 50,000-acre farm, a green-and-brown checkerboard of fields covering a broad stretch of the Limpopo River Delta.

“No one even talked to me,” the 45-year-old Chirime says, her voice rising with anger. “Just one day I found the tractor in my field plowing up everything. No one who lost their machamba has been compensated!” Local civil society groups say thousands lost their land and livelihoods to the Wanbao Africa Agricultural Development Company—all with the blessing of the Mozambican government, which has a history of neglecting local farmers’ rights to land in favor of large investments. Those who managed to get jobs on the giant farm are working seven days a week with no overtime pay. A spokesman for Wanbao denied such allegations and stressed that it’s training local farmers to grow rice.

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South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique are tearing down fences between the countries’ game parks to create a 13,500 square mile game park, which will become the largest conservation area in the world. It will be bigger than Switzerland, Belgium or Taiwan.


Mário Macilau / Photographer / Mozambique

Mário Macilau was born in 1984 in Maputo where he currently lives and works. In newly independent Mozambique. Macilau started his journey as photographer in 2003 and went professional when he traded his mother’s cell phone for his first camera in 2007, he specializes in long term projects that focus on living and environmental conditions over the time that affects the social isolated groups.  His work has been recognized with awards and featured regularly in numerous solo and group exhibitions both in his home country and abroad including: The Pan African group exhibition during the Biennale of African Photography in Bamako, Mali 2011, VI Chobi Mela Photo Festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh 2011, Photo Spring in Beijing, China 2011, Lagos Photo in Lagos, Nigeria, 2011, BESphoto at CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon, Portugal 2011 and Pinacoteca de Estado de São Paulo in Brazil, the KLM in  Kuala Lumpur,  Malasya ,  2012, The Johannesburg Art Fair 2013, Les Recontres Picha in Lubumbashi, RD Congo, 2013, The Biennale Arts Actuels in Saint Dinis, Reunion Island 2013, The African Art Auction in London, England,  2013  and among others. He has also completed a number of artistic residencies.


"Go in the crowd, and stick out when you’re wearing something."

A beautiful message on the new global trend of upcycling clothes. It’s all about looking good and feeling good about the origin or impact of your clothing. These two sisters from Mozambique explain it all.

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Woman and girl fishing near Chocas do Mar

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