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'At work in Mozambique', photos by Ernst Schade

For this collection highlight we made a selection from Ernst Schade’s photos, based on the theme 'Labour' in Southern Africa. We divided the exposition in the categories:

The IISH possesses  many photos by Ernst Schade. They are part of an extensive collection of archival materials relating to the anti-apartheid and Southern Africa solidarity groups in The Netherlands. https://socialhistory.org/en/collections/anti-apartheid-and-southern-africa-collection-guide

Ernst Schade (1949, The Netherlands) received training in tropical agriculture. For 16 years he worked in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique with governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations in rural development programmes. From 1989 till 1995 he was Resident Representative for the Save the Children-Norway in Mozambique.

Self-taught in photography, he started publishing work in 1984.

Since 1995 he lives in Lisbon, Portugal. Photography is now his main activity. He is represented by the photo agencies De Beeldunie (The Netherlands) and Panos Pictures (UK).

He has press publications world-wide and is, among other publications, co-author with Flora Veit-Wild of “Dambudzo Marechera 1952-1987” (ISBN 0-7974-0828-X). His work is also included in The National Archive of the United States of America, the National Archive of Mozambique.

Copyright all photographs: Ernst Schade.
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CHILDREN AT WORK

Young girl pounding maize. © Ernst Schade A young girl pounding maize.
A young girl is pounding maize for the family´s meal while carrying her brother on her back.
Mozambique, Manica, Espungabera. 29 August 1985

Boy carrying basket. © Ernst SchadeBoy carrying basket.
A boy carries a basket on his head. The text on his shirt reads: 'Mozambique, 1975-1985, ten years of independance'.
Afrika, Mozambique, Manica, Espungabera. 29 August 1985

Boy helping a blind man. © Ernst SchadeBoy helping a blind man.
A boy helps a blind man begging in the street next to a restaurant.
Afrika, Mozambique. Beira. 26 November 1988

Collecting maize grain. © Ernst SchadeCollecting maize grain.
Villagers and children collect maize grain dropped off from trucks transporting emergency food from the port of Beira to Chimoio.
Africa, Mozambique, Manica province, near Gondola. 6 January 1994

A shy boy amidst a rich maize crop. © Ernst SchadeA shy boy amidst a rich maize crop.
A shy boy amidst a rich maize crop, the first good harvest in years after a long period of drought and war.
Africa, Mozambique, Manica province, Guro. 4 January 1993

Three children fetching water. © Ernst SchadeThree children fetching water.
Three children walk in line to fetch water at a distance of three kilometrs from their village.
Afrika, Mozambique, Manica provincie, Sanga. 4 January 1993

Children jumping from their fishing boat. © Ernst SchadeChildren jumping from their fishing boat.
Children jump from their traditional fishing boat into the Indian Ocean.
Africa, Mozambique, Benguerua Island. 1 January 1993

Cotton harvest. © Ernst SchadeCotton harvest.
Children harvest cotton at a commercial farm. Child labour is common in Mozambique.
Africa, Mozambique, Manica province, near Chimoio. 6 January 1994

Cotton pickers at a commercial farm. © Ernst SchadeCotton pickers at a commercial farm.
Cotton pickers at a commercial farm. Also children work at the fields. Child labour is common in Mozambique.
Afrika, Mozambique, Manica provincie, nabij Chimoio. 6 January 1994

Shepherd boy. © Ernst SchadeShepherd boy.
Shepherd boy accompanies the cattle of his family on the fertile pastures of the Angónia plateau.
Africa, Mozambique, Tete province, Angónia district, Vula Ulóngùe. 2 April 1995

Children at work in a brick manufacturing unit. © Ernst SchadeChildren work at a brick manufacturing unit.
Africa, Mozambique, Gaza province. Magude. 12 January 1997

WOMEN AT WORK

An elderly woman carries fire wood home from the fields. © Ernst SchadeAn elderly woman carries fire wood home from the fields.
Afrika, Mozambique, Manica provincie, Espungabera. 29 August 1985

Villagers collecting water from a well. © Ernst SchadeVillagers collecting water from a well.
Villagers collect water from a well. This refugee village was under the protection of the Zimbabwe National Army. It was re-captured by RENAMO rebels in September 1990 and held till the cease-fire in 1992.
Africa, Mozambique, Sofala province, Base Cavalo. 10 October 1990

Women gathering fuelwood. © Ernst SchadeWomen gathering fuelwood.
At the background a Russian armoured car, blown up by RENAMO rebels during the civil war (1976-1992).
Afrika, Mozambique, Manica provincie, Cafumbe. 3 March 1992

Local population help to repair a broken dam in the river through a food-for-work scheme. © Ernst SchadeLocal population help to repair a broken dam in the river through a food-for-work scheme.
Food is scarce due to persistent drought.
Afrika, Mozambique, Manica provincie, Guro. 4 August 1992

A family removes weed between the staple crop of maize in the hills of Manica. © Ernst SchadeA family removes weed between the staple crop of maize in the hills of Manica.
Afrika, Mozambique, Manica provincie, Garuso. 18 December 1992

A women repairing her house. © Ernst SchadeA women repairs her house.
She abondoned it five years earlier when she took refuge in neighbouring Malawi due to civil war violence.
Afrika, Mozambique, Manica provincie, Sanga. 4 January 1993

A young mother holding her baby together with a basket of  the new maize harvest after three years of consistent drought. © Ernst SchadeA young mother holding her baby together with a basket of the new maize harvest after three years of consistent drought.
Africa, Mozambique, Manica province, Guro. 9 February 1993

A woman washing clothes in the pit of the National Railways of Mozambique (CFM) workshop in Inhaminga. © Ernst SchadeA woman washing clothes in the pit of the National Railways of Mozambique (CFM) workshop in Inhaminga.
This workshop used to do the maintenance for the Beira-Tete railway that was destroyed during the civil war between RENAMO and the government (1976-1992). Repair is currently underway (2010).
Afrika, Mozambique, Sofala provincie, Inhaminga. 16 April 1994

Local population assist in the re-construction of the railway line between Zimbabwe and the port of Beira at the Indian Ocean. © Ernst SchadeLocal population assist in the re-construction of the railway line between Zimbabwe and the port of Beira at the Indian Ocean.
This railway is vital for the import and export of neighbouring landlocked Zimbabwe.
Afrika, Mozambique, Manica provincie, Chimoio. 11 July 1987

MEN AT WORK

Shopkeeper in an almost empty shop waiting for clients. © Ernst SchadeShopkeeper in an almost empty shop waiting for clients.
During the first ten years after the independence in 1975 commodities became very scarce.
Afrika, Mozambique, Manica provincie, Espungabera. 28 August 1985

Fishermen hauling their nets through the breakers at the beach of Macuti near Beira. © Ernst SchadeFishermen hauling their nets through the breakers at the beach of Macuti near Beira.
Afrika, Mozambique, Sofala provincie, Beira. 19 November 1988

Shipwreck near the port of Beira. © Ernst SchadeShipwreck near the port of Beira.
Afrika, Mozambique, Sofala provincie, Beira. 28 March 1991

Border officials posing on a Russian derelict Ural motor sidecar. © Ernst SchadeBorder officials posing on a Russian derelict Ural motor sidecar.
Afrika, Mozambique, Tete provincie, Magoe. 6 June 1991

Trucks transporting food in a military protected convoy from the port of Beira to Zimbabwe. © Ernst SchadeTrucks transporting food in a military protected convoy from the port of Beira to Zimbabwe.
Due to persistent drought, Zimbabwe had to import in 1992 one million metric tonnes of maize.
Afrika, Mozambique, Manica province, Garuso. 18 July 1992

A welder at work in the workshop of the Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM), the National Railways of Mozambique. © Ernst SchadeA welder at work in the workshop of the Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM), the National Railways of Mozambique.
Afrika, Mozambique, Manica provincie, Gondola. 9 January 1992

Workers at the workshop of the National Railways of Mozambique in Gondola. © Ernst SchadeWorkers at the workshop of the National Railways of Mozambique in Gondola.
Afrika, Mozambique, Manica provincie, Gondola.1 September 1992

Two workers wait till their meal has been warmed up on a fire under a derelict steam engine. © Ernst SchadeTwo workers wait till their meal has been warmed up on a fire under a derelict steam engine.
Workshop of the Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM), the National Railways of Mozambique
Afrika, Mozambique, Manica provincie, Gondola. 1 September 1992

A man carries fire wood while walking home in a sandstorm.© Ernst SchadeA man carries fire wood while walking home in a sandstorm.
Afrika, Mozambique, Manica provincie, Chimoio. 21 November 1992

Young labourers at a tobacco farm near Chimoio. © Ernst SchadeYoung labourers at a tobacco farm near Chimoio.
Africa, Mozambique, Manica province, Chimoio. 1 January 1993

 

Posted: 
14 October 2015