Stories: Mozambique

  • Giant Rats Are Helping Doctors in Mozambique Sniff Out Tuberculosis

    Ezequiel Maconha-Otenesse had night sweats, pain in his chest, and discharge spewing from his lungs when he coughed. A local hospital in Mozambique tested the 26-year-old repeatedly for tuberculosis (TB), but it took more than five months to reach a diagnosis. "I felt weak all the time," Maconha-Otenesse told VICE News. "I was losing weight. I didn't want to...

  • Illegale Abtreibungen in Afrika: Das Sterben im Hinterzimmer

    Manche Frauen schlucken Bleichmittel oder selbstgebraute Getränke. Andere führen spitze Gegenstände wie Ästchen oder Hühnerknochen in die Gebärmutter ein; sie behandeln die Vagina mit Kräutermitteln, um eine Geburt zu provozieren oder springen von Treppen oder Dächern, um das ungeborene Kind durch eine Verletzung des...

  • Mozambique: A Step to a Landmine-Free World

    A single step can change a life forever. Lazaro Virniz Rice was a soldier on patrol with the Mozambican army when he walked into a field next to the road. He stepped on a landmine, causing an explosion that blew off his left foot. A de-mining team works in central Mozambique to remove the deadly legacy of war. That...

  • Mozambique sex workers learn to put life before money as HIV rates increase

    Wearing a tight red dress, a sex worker walks across the petrol station forecourt to talk to a driver in an idling long-haul truck. But they’re not negotiating a price; she is educating the man about the benefits of protected sex. “If they won’t wear a condom, I just walk away,” says Julia, 20, who...

  • Global Movement Against Child Marriage Grows Stronger

    Marcia Almeida holds her 3-month-old daughter inside a patterned capulana, a sarong that doubles as a baby carrier and talks about her recent marriage at the age of 16. She says her husband provides everything she needs. Except for one thing, she says: She feels disconsolate over the fact she might miss out on her dream of becoming a teacher. Marcia,...

  • Few Jobs Despite Booming Mozambique Economy

    Women sell charcoal at a market - one of hundreds ringing the Mozambican capital, Maputo. Photo: Getty Images Beto Magumane Cossa was orphaned at 14 when his father was killed by a woman with whom he was having an affair. Alone and with no other family living in Magude, a rural district 155km from the capital Maputo's shopping malls...

  • Persistence Pays Off: How Health Workers Are Saving Their Communities

    Baby Ava* is HIV-positive. Her mother was frightened and in denial about her own HIV diagnosis so she dropped out of treatment early in the process. Ava’s mother is the second wife of her father. He works in the mines in South Africa and tragically brought more than his salary home to the family. Both wives have...

  • Patients React To Their HIV Tests In Nation With One Of The Highest Rates

    Sitting outside her home with a thatched roof made mostly of reeds, Maria Amelia, 46, was preparing to take her first-ever HIV test. She was slightly anxious and made an admission that explained why. "Honestly I've never used [a condom] before. I cannot lie to you," she told The Huffington Post last month through a translator in Boane, a district...

  • New choir brings opera to Mozambique

    A dozen singers belt out Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle in a classroom at the Pedagogical University in Mozambique. The country has just two professional opera singers; this year, the duo are training young Mozambicans to perform a new show based on a book by the country’s most prominent author. International opera performers Stella Mendonça...

  • Mozambique Rolls Out Cervical Cancer Vaccines for School Girls

    Mozambique has one of the world’s highest rates of cervical cancer, a disease that kills 4,000 women there every year. A new plan to vaccinate 10-year-old girls could turn the tide in the fight against a devastating illness that is widening an already gapping gender divide in some of the globe’s poorest countries. Women wait outside...