Photographer Mario Macilau's three-year project to capture change in Mozambique

Joao Magaissa, a farmer in his 70's, overlayed on an image of a puddle of murky water formed after the first day of the rainy season in Niassa, Mozambique,
WaterAid/Mario Macilau

"We all know that water is life, but if you've never experienced something that proves it, you don't...

12 million people without clean water. Three quarters of the population with no safe place to go to the toilet. Overcrowded health centres and one of the worst maternal death rates in the world.

This is life in Mozambique, where photographer Mario Macilau was born. A weak economy, undeveloped infrastructure and unpredictable climate means a huge proportion of its population live in poverty.