Here is some of the incredible work from Portuguese photo-journalist José Ferreira, who travelled to Southern Mozambique to capture the garish reality of life in the dumps of Huléne, which sit just outside Mozambique’s central airport in Maputo.
It’s a nightmarish reality for these people, who delve into the seemingly endless fields of refuse to scavenge for anything salvageable. Often facing violence from hostile renegades, they risk life and limb on a daily basis – yet still appear to embrace their situation with a modicum of joy.
I will caption these pictures with quotes lifted from the First World, about some of the problems they endure.
If you have a nice dinner tonight, I hope you really, really appreciate it.
“Nothing like waking up in an 86-degree apartment with broken air conditioning to make one excited about coming to work.” – @Crubinsky
“Life would be so much easier if you didn’t have to take your laptop out for TSA” - @VegasGirlB
“Pain about getting a new workstation at work is tweaking all the settings back to how you like them” - @juanrcm
“Is it possible to get a cold bottle of pop from Reagan Airport? They’re in fridge units, yet they’re always warm.” – @saeverly
“My sushi spot has a broken watermain, so now at the back-up place – which means no karatamba” – @c_pizzle
“Movers gone, I’ll see my stuff in CT. Now I need to sort through ‘throw out’ and ‘donate’ and ‘recycle‘ piles. Blergh ” – @Janine_J
“Got my tongue cut & bleeding while trying to fiddle out the bits of meat stuck in between my braces.” – @Joshua_Wg