Art The Curse of Mineral Resources: An Analysis from Moatize in Central Mozambique

A maldição dos recursos minerais: uma análise de Moatize no centro de Moçambique

  • Paulo Mahumane University of Maputo-Mozambique
Palavras-chave: Mining, Land, State, Foreign Investment, Involuntary Migration, Resettlement


In this article I discuss mining exploration in Mozambique from the Moatize region, which is a place
rich in carboniferous mineral resources. I emphasize throughout my approach that, contrary to
expectations that the exploration of coal in Moatize would bring social development to the communities
around the projects, reality shows that they do not benefit the countries where it is carried out, but it
works as a source of large-scale resource removal and as a form of development that ends up benefiting
rich countries at the expense of the poor. On the other hand, many of these extractive resources occur
on the lands of peasants and indigenous groups, who are also involved in resource extraction such as
artisanal miners or workers in large-scale mines and resist these encroachments on their lands (Jacka,
2018 and Gilberthorpe & Rajak, 2017). Coal mining in Moatize, in the manner in which it is carried
out, puts the survival of the communities around it into question, as they remain in the cycle of poverty,
and a series of human rights violations occur when they are resettled in new regions by the State.


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Biografia do Autor

Paulo Mahumane, University of Maputo-Mozambique

Assistant Professor at the Pedagogical University of Maputo-Mozambique, Master in Ethnic and
African Studies from the Federal University of Bahia-Brasil. Doctoral candidate in Cultural
Anthropology at the University of Uppsala, Sweden.


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MAHUMANE, P. Art The Curse of Mineral Resources: An Analysis from Moatize in Central Mozambique. Aquila, v. 1, n. 26, p. 119-130, 1 abr. 2022.
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