Mozambique: Life after Death

2004, Society  -   12 Comments
Ratings: 7.13/10from 55 users.

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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12 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Ceci

    Breggetta is mistaken. Do you think these people asked the woman in labor if she wanted her vagina on the internet? Did you see any hospital robes on any of the birthing mother's bodies? I'm really sick if the way people will claim it's natural to them or it's cultural.. They don't feel pain, etc. Rofo is correct. What good do this documentary do for anyone in Mozambique? They even showered pictures including medical diagnosis.. That's against medical privacy laws where I live. I'll bring no one asked is it ok to show your baby with malarial infection struggling to live in our film? Well give you nothing either way as well

  2. Stewart - South Africa

    Really? This doccie fails to tell the real story. I know Moz quite well and in fact flew relief supplies in to Chibuto, Gaza Province, during the deadly floods in 2000.

    Fact is that nobody may own land,nor improvements to that land without government permission! This is granted in terms like a leasehold arrangement. This means simply that citizens can never accrue wealth through property ownership. This is not uncommon in Africa and is a fundamental cause of generational and endemic poverty.

    In 1975, the Portuguese who had colonised Mozambique for over 400 years and made no real improvement in the country for the indigenes, departed and a Communist government took over under Samora Machel.

    They destroyed totally what economy existed. Since then they have been overthrown but strong socialist tendencies remain in government and in the laws governing the country's citizens.

    No chance of anything coming right I am afraid whilst such ideologies hold sway - your sympathy is misplaced I am afraid.

  3. 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?

  4. 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...

  5. bob.reid

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

    1. rofo

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

  6. 1concept1

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

  7. 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.