'When I dance my heart feels good'

Originally published at: https://namati.org/stories/when-i-dance-my-heart-feels-good/
Just north of central Maputo, sandwiched between the university and a grandly-named traffic circle called Plaza of the Heroes, is a densely packed district called Maxaquene. Before independence Maxaquene was known as one of the capital city’s caniço areas – caniço being the Portuguese word for reed – where Africans lived in precarious squatter homes made from reeds. Only with independence in 1975 was the constant threat of demolition lifted from Maxaquene and its people started to make their homes permanent, in breeze block and corrugated iron. Sanitation and water pipes, schools, some widened roads and other infrastructure were provided…

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