Photographer's Note

The Fifth of July is Cape Verde’s Independence Day.
After more than 500 years of Portuguese rule, Cape Verde became an independent republic on the 5th of July 1975. It was the poorest territory of the former Portuguese colonial empire, for centuries ravaged by droughts and famines. Nevertheless, it became the best (or the only) success story among those newly independent countries, both politically, economically and socially (namely the good levels of health care and education).
As a tribute to the Cape-Verdean people on the Fifth of July, I post another picture of the rabidante, the hawkers or street sellers, especially women, who manage to get a living and provide the distribution of fresh produce.
Hopefully, the dark days of famine are gone, as you can see by the good look and good clothing of these rabidante.
See also my post of the 2006 Fifth of July celebrations in Mindelo, São Vicente Island.

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