We are still discovering and realize that many of these immense constructions have been extremely strong in order to survive over all these years. However, in some cases, the impossibility of maintenance of the buildings has caused its fatal and unfortunate collapse. Reviewing a little history, Dinho explains that after the Portuguese were expelled from the country, with just a couple of days to pack up everything and sell their goods; many properties were abandoned and left without any kind of maintenance.
On the other hand, given the long history of slavery in Mozambique, servants or households that remained on the island, didn’t dare not to take possession of these houses for fear that their master might return and make them suffer a severe punishment. Therefore, many houses were at the mercy of the natural elements, and many years later when finally the locals decided to occupy them, then were they who did not have the resources to maintain them, retrieve them, or embellish them. Time did the rest, and many of the houses are in a total state of neglect.
Across a corner, I meet a group of girls who creatively play confectionery. They have bread, cookies, pudding, cakes and coffee, cupcakes and juice. All made with waste, cans, coco shells, old deodorants and even a broken cup. Here I am with them playing. I am the client who is going to buy them their attractive products!