By Allen F. Isaacman,Barbara S. Isaacman
• Finalist for the African reports Association’s 2014 Melville J. Herskovits Award for most sensible ebook in African Studies
Cahora Bassa Dam at the Zambezi River, inbuilt the early Nineteen Seventies throughout the ultimate years of Portuguese rule, used to be the final significant infrastructure undertaking developed in Africa throughout the turbulent period of decolonization. Engineers and hydrologists praised the dam for its technical complexity and the talents required to build what was once then the world’s fifth-largest mega-dam. Portuguese colonial officers stated merits they anticipated from the dam — from growth of irrigated farming and ecu cost, to more desirable transportation during the Zambezi River Valley, to decreased flooding during this quarter of unpredictable rainfall. “The venture, even if, truly led to cascading layers of human displacement, violence, and environmental destruction. Its electrical energy benefited few Mozambicans, even after the previous guerrillas of FRELIMO (Frente de Libertação de Moçambique) got here to energy; in its place, it fed industrialization in apartheid South Africa.” (Richard Roberts)
This in-depth research of the sector examines the dominant developmentalist narrative that has surrounded the dam, chronicles the continuous violence that has observed its life, and provides voice to formerly unheard narratives of compelled hard work, displacement, and old and modern lifestyles within the dam’s shadow.
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