Mozambique: Life after Death

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Mozambique: Life after Death

In Southern Africa, bordered by South Africa and Tanzania, and the channel that bears its name, we find Mozambique. The capital, Maputo, has a population of 1.3 million and it's its political, administrative and judicial center.

As happens in the majority of underdeveloped countries, the capital is overcrowded with immigrants from the country's interior, where the opportunities for work are very few.

In these capitals travelers will discover the contrast between the prosperous city of the ruling class, with better cars and houses in the best European style, and the population immersed in the most scandalous poverty. The poverty rate there is over 50% and life expectancy is around 50 years... one of the lowest on the continent.

Yet these figures do not take the AIDS epidemic into account. Despite its late arrival in Mozambique it's anticipated that the devastating effect of AIDS will cause a 10 year drop in the life expectancy. After suffering a bloody 15-year war, Mozambique is currently one of the world's 15 poorest countries.

The population of the country is 25 million of which the half live below the absolute poverty line... and 30% live in conditions of extreme poverty. Despite the fact the Mozambique has been disarming for the past 20 years and peace reigns, we can not anticipate that the situation will improve without international intervention to aid the country's development.

The lack of an economic infrastructure means that social instability is a latent factor particularly as a result of the natural disasters which can leave many families utterly destitute. The marks of war and hunger can be seen on each of Mozambique's streets. In the making of this film, the team has witnessed some truly heartbreaking scenes which are difficult to report without being affected by what you see... or becoming involved with the people.

Mutilations are a constant sight in every city of the country. Disease, extreme poverty, and the inhumane conditions under which the population lives, lacking even the most basic sanitation, make it necessary for developed countries to take immediate action on all fronts bringing an aid to provide some relief for these people.

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10 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Horst Manure

    USA incorporated is paying $1m a second in interest think how far a few minutes of this would go but then some top officials would get their grubby hands on it and it would go no where.

  2. Susan Abraham

    Hi Sarah, I loved this documentary but naturally, the perspective painted, pained me deeply. As a result, I am so glad that you have written what you did and portrayed another side to the story. Thank you.

  3. Astraea Shaw

    i so wish they would leave them alone - and I wish they would leave South Africa out. They are just FINE as they are, but I am afraid that they are not going to be left in peace, and plenty. Please God, protect this part of Africa at least, and keep that horrible Bill Gates away from it. And the vile Soros - and the rest of the vampires,

  4. Maddestmax

    "and I wish they would leave South Africa out." Would that be the same south africa that armed the rebel army of child soldiers who murdered half a million people. Pre Mandela of course.

  5. 1concept1

    - power to the people - kcuf the govt.s and the money punk that backs them - what a stench -

  6. Richard Neva

    Sarah you speak with great wisdom, I applaud your words!

  7. bob.reid

    Why are these women in the birthing room treated so badly without dignity? I'm unimpressed with the producers of this documentary.

  8. rofo

    My sentiments exactly. They seem to forget that these women are humans and not animals. Poor excuse for journalism.

  9. breggetta

    The woman giving birth is natural. In many tribal communities they do not have the same taboos about nudity and childbirth that we do in the western societies. I loved the documentary and I wish the World Bank, and International Monetary Fund would erase their debt in order for them to build a prosperous society. The multinationals need to stop polluting the rivers and waterways as well. Stop stealing from Africa. We all came from mother Africa. All of us...

  10. bluetortilla

    I don't about your screen but on my screen, all these beautiful people looked squat! Someone set the ratios wrong.

    It wasn't a great documentary as far as info goes, but I did enjoy it. Why do African documentaries always have to have some caucasian 'expert' telling us about the problems though? Can't the Mozambicans speak for themselves?

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