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He is expected to be welcomed by tens of thousands during his visit, which will culminate with a mass on Friday at the giant Zimpeto stadium in the seaside capital Maputo. In a video message recorded ahead of the trip, Pope Francis stressed the need for "fraternal reconciliation in Mozambique and throughout Africa, which is the only hope for a solid and lasting peace". The pope is expected to address the country's fragile peace process, the devastation caused by two back-to-back cyclones early this year, and the upcoming general election.
W earing a tight red dress, a sex worker walks across the petrol station forecourt to talk to a driver in an idling long-haul truck. Levels of unemployment are high in urban areas of the country and, despite handing out hundreds of CVs after leaving school, Julia says she had no choice but to work on the streets. These are areas that are associated with rapid economic growth and high levels of migration and mobility, all of which act as a catalyst for transactional sex.
As dusk turns to darkness, a group of women wait in the shadows, eyeing a boldly lit truckers' bar. Here at the crossroads, road-weary long-haul drivers stop for the night, heading for the bars in search of beer and women. Most nights, Inchope's female entertainers enter with guitars, tambourines and sexual come-ons. But tonight, they come carrying condoms, and the songs they sing are about preventing the spread of AIDS.
Prostitution in Mozambique is legal and widely practiced, and the country also contains illegal brothels. The majority of the population remains below the poverty linea situation which provides fertile soil for the development of prostitution. At the time of independence inMozambique was one of the poorest countries in the world.
Sex workers in Mozambique are providing health support to those at the margins of society. They face political and financial challenges, but against the odds they are helping thousands. Jules Montague reports.
In the first of a five-part series on Africa produced in association with Lonely Planet, Mary Fitzpatrick celebrates a little-visited nation that's big on beauty. Indian Ocean sunrises, turquoise waters, a 2,km coastline and a fascinating cultural scene: all this and more awaits in Mozambique, one of southern Africa's least visited destinations. Here, in this long land running from South Africa in the south up to Tanzania in the north, the African bush fuses with Mediterranean flair this was once Portuguese East Africahumpback whales migrate up the coast while lions and buffalos roam the interior.
Find out if you need measles vaccine. Vaccination may be considered for adults who are traveling to areas of active cholera transmission. Areas of active cholera transmission are localized to the provinces of Cabo Delgado last case reported June and Sofala last case reported May in Mozambique. Cholera is rare in travelers but can be severe.
He has called for the urgent establishment of legislation that would lead to the respect of the fundamental rights of sex workers. This view recognises that many different circumstances lead women to becoming sex workers. Recently, I was having drinks with friends in one of Maputo's suburbs, when a woman approached me and asked if I could have a sexual relationship with her.