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4 children posing in front of an old caterpillar machinery in a the fromer Monte cafe coffe plantation.

Sao Tome is an island in the gulf of Guinea and a former portugese colony. It used to be the first cacao producer in the world when a revolution broke out in the 70ies and the the portugese were ousted (the system was based on a kind of modern slavery).
What followed was a terrible dictature until the late 80ies.
Nowadays, Sao Tome is a rather peacefull but very poor country (even if oil drilling is starting), with hundreds of ruined plantations and destroyed communications. But the people are really great and there are barely no tourists despite the many wonderful things to see.

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