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Mozambique: Refugees shun Europe for southern Africa


As the sun dips behind the giant brown hills that separate South Africa and Mozambique, a slim young man is busy doing final mechanical checks on a Toyota Land Cruiser at a house that clings to the side of the mountain.

Wearing a white polo shirt, track suit and dark sunglasses, Eduardo is a well-known human trafficker in the town of Ressano Garcia, a sleepy border crossing 97km away from the capital, Maputo.

A newly married father of one, Eduardo said he joined this illicit trade not to make money, but to answer God's call. He sees himself as doing a job that heads of states and the international community should be doing - moving people in danger to safer, more prosperous surroundings.

"I feel not good when I hear what happened to them in their countries," Eduardo told Al Jazeera, requesting his full identity not to be disclosed for fear of arrest. "I help them because I know they are suffering in their countries. They then move to other countries because here in Mozambique, even we don't have jobs."

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