At the time, Mozambique was facing serious challenges after recovering from 30 years of civil war and major natural disasters.
I created a photographic travel book that documents that periode in Mozambique.
The cyclone Eline had recently destroyed a lot of living areas in Maputo. I visited refugee camps for the affected areas and talked to locals as well as flood victims about their situation. Having the same name as the natural disaster causing their misfortune meant I was warned not to tell locals my name as old beliefs could make the meeting potentially unsafe for me.
A longer explorative trip up the coast to the northern parts of the country, revealed a countryside with landmine ridden backcountry, poverty and also incredible beaches, no tourists at all and lots of people going about their day.
As someone with a wildlife and sustainability perspective it was very sad to discover the devastating consequences of war and poverty. All the big animals were gone, killed during the war and subsequently eaten by the starving people. As a result, a lot of vegetation, habitats and food chains were disrupted to a point of hardly no return. Recent efforts (after the clearing of all land mines) are attempting to re-introduce elephants, big game and top predators as well as re-foresting in an attempt to bring back some balance.
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