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Mozambique, Maputo: Land of dreams


Maputo_Aga Khan_Lourenço Marques_City of Acacias_Pearl of the Indian OceanMaputo by night.

Maputo_Landfill_Lourenço Marques_City of Acacias_Pearl of the Indian OceanThe Maputo landfill and the boys’ dream to dance hip-hop.

Maputo, known as Lourenço Marques before independence, is the capital and largest city of Mozambique. It is known as the City of Acacias in reference to acacia trees commonly found along its avenues and the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. It was famous for the inscription “This is Portugal” on the walkway of its municipal building. Today it is a port city on the Indian Ocean, with its economy centered around the harbour. According to the 2007 census, the population is 1,766,184.

Cotton, sugar, chromite, sisal, copra, and hardwood are the chief exports. The city manufactures cement, pottery, furniture, shoes, and rubber. The city is surrounded by Maputo Province, but is administered as its own province.

It is estimated that 80% of the city’s population live in slums without running water or electricity, but the city has little money to invest in infrastructure. Inequality in Maputo has grown considerably as it experienced economic growth rates as high as 9% annually.
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