Lurdes Mutola: A lesson on sacrifice in the first person - Mozambique
Residents in the Liberdade neighbourhood in Matola municipality are at loggerheads with the city council because the local football field has become a passage for pedestrians and vehicles and a garbage dump.
The residents’ anger concerns their sports field, once used for leisure but now a combine d thoroughfare and rubbish dump. The locals want their field back.
Residents say the field has seen the rise of some of the great names in football and has hosted important neighbourhood events, but today only nurtures wild grass and herbs, interspersed with bottles and other souvenirs of a happier past.
The children and the young complain the most.
The neighbourhood secretary has said that the Liberdade field will be transformed into a reservoir for the sake of the residents who see their homes flooded in the rainy season every year. Rubble dumped on the site will be removed and used for street maintenance.
The Liberdade neighbourhood suffers great inconvenience in the rainy season, with its streets impassable and most of its homes flooded.