Border kids search for a better life

The quiet and impoverished town of Ressano Garcia houses Mozambique's Lebombo border post, the country's busiest. (Renata Larroyd/M&G)

The quiet and impoverished town of Ressano Garcia houses Mozambique's Lebombo border post, the country's busiest. (Renata Larroyd/M&G)

The eight teenagers walking towards the bright-green house, called Casa da Acolhida, look like any other group of young people. 

But they’re not. 

Carrying their possessions in torn plastic bags, they are making their way from a police station 200m away. They had been interrogated there after being caught trying to cross the border into South Africa unaccompanied by an adult and without the necessary documentation.

The town of Ressano Garcia houses the Lebombo border post, the country’s busiest.

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Carl Collison is the Other Foundation’s Rainbow Fellow at the M&G

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Carl Collison

Carl Collison

Carl Collison is the Other Foundation’s Rainbow Fellow at the Mail & Guardian. He has contributed to a range of local and international publications, covering social justice issues as well as art and is committed to defending and advancing the human rights of the LGBTI community in Southern Africa. Read more from Carl Collison

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