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17 km south of the center of Luanda, there were this little harbour called "Campo nautico de Cabgoc". Basically, the harbour handled by the "Chevron" oil & gaz company.

Many little kids like this one found an oppotunity to earn their living by providing services to the foreign people having their boats parked here. I guess he lived not very far in a small house like the one we can guess under the palm trees.

One thing interesting can be seen on the background, top area. You can notice amercian-style "vivenda". I've heard that at that time, there were no way to attract American workers out of the States if they couldn't find housing conditions similar to the ones they had in the US. So, guess what... One year before, that land was empty. 12 months later, you could see rows of dozens of standardized amazing houses with tennis camps, swimming pools and incredible electric fortified fences you may guess around. A real fortress built 17 km from the center of Luanda. Luanda, where about 8 million people are living, even the expatriates from other countries.

Well, I don't mean anything but I was really impressed by the american logistic to build these great houses in one of the poorest country of Africa, devasted by almost 30 years of civil war. I also felt quite sad these american guy only knew the road from their house/office to the airport and were forbidden to see anything else from that beautiful country.

Slightly cropped, levels and tones adjusted. USM applied.

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