In my last post, I mentioned the wood-frame, zinc-paneled homes that one finds scattered throughout Xipamanine, relics of a time when such a home was for African families the upper limit of luxury. You can find dozens of wood-and-zinc houses in the neighborhood of Mafalala, too. My friend Ivan Laranjeira runs tours of Mafalala, and he sent these great photos.
In the early 1960s, years before he became Mozambique’s first president, Samora Machel was a nurse, and according to Ivan he used a room in the house above to treat patients. FRELIMO held secret meetings in this house, and weapons were stored in the crawlspace below the floorboards.
You can reach Ivan at email@example.com.