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Mozambique - Earth at its most raw and beautiful

By Lisa Grainger - 5th August 2010

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Mozambique's magnificent coral reefs, creamy sand beaches, warm seas and abundant wildlife keep Lisa Grainger spellbound. As I wandered about Beira in a culture-shocked daze, little beads of sweat wiggling down my forehead in the muggy heat, I heard my name ring out from across the street. "Miss Lisa, Miss Lisa," cried a worried-looking woman hurrying towards me. "You mustn't be here. This road is very bad. It's not safe for you." I had only arrived in Mozambique's second city a few hours before and at first didn't recognise the woman. Then I realised: it was Octavia, the receptionist in my hotel. "Down that passage," she said, pointing over the road to a cavernous space beneath a bullet-marked high-rise concrete slum. "It is not good. Very bad people here. I think it's better you go back now."

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