I wanted to share a bit about my book, Go Tell the Crocodiles: Chasing Prosperity in Mozambique, published by the New Press in February. The book explores the efforts of ordinary people to provide for themselves where foreign aid, the formal economy, and the government have fallen short during a period when Mozambique has been lauded for its transition to democracy and high economic growth.
It's one way to try and unpack how people navigate an environment with weak institutions, and to account for the fact that so much of the energy and momentum in Mozambique's economy and political system seems beyond the reach of officialdom.
There's a chapter about support for Afonso Dhlakama despite his ineffectiveness as a political organizer. Another focuses on the experience of Somalis in the asylum and immigration system, told through the example of a smuggler in Nampula. The title is drawn from a chapter about human-crocodile conflict along the Zambezi river.
You can read an excerpt of a chapter about the underpinnings of cholera-related violence in Nampula, Where Have you Hidden the Cholera?, over at Longreads.
I'd be thrilled to be part of a conversation with any of you about Mozambique or political economy in the developing world more broadly. If you'd like to get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rowan Moore Gerety
Reporter and radio producer based in Miami