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Nhamatanda is the name of the district in which Lamego, our village, is located. Lamego is approximately 90 kilometers west of the provincial capital, Beira. Lamego is sparsely populated area, with approximately 35,000 inhabitants, made up of 15 small neighborhoods. Through the center runs a railroad track and the corridor that runs from Beira to Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. The Beira corridor is a vitally important trade route in Southern Africa.
The land is very fertile, however, not much of it is cultivated. The people in Lamego are subsistent farmers, no ploughs or animals are used, but a few tractors can be hired for those who can afford it. The principle tool used is the hoe for the one or two hectares that each family manages to cultivate.
People in this area are very poor. Many are considered to be refugees from the civil war, which lasted from 1976 until 1992 when a peace accord was signed. The severe flooding in 2000 left people with no employment opportunities.
In Lamego, there is a local health center and a primary school but many people remain uncared for. Malaria, cholera, and HIV/AIDS have all had a devastating effect on the lives of everyone.