Vibrant Cape Verdean culture draws people to Lisbon outskirt
Lisbon, PortugalPhotography by
. Reporting byCatarina Demony.
Just a 20-minute drive from downtown Lisbon lies Cova da Moura, one of Portugal's poorest and most neglected neighbourhoods, but whose immigrants from Cape Verde are transforming the area's image.
Left: A boy rides a bicycle. Right: A man checks his phone.
The area remains notorious within Portugal for its crime rate and a trial over alleged police brutality. Seventeen officers at a local police station have been charged with torture, kidnapping, falsifying reports and other crimes.
Police declined to comment as the trial is ongoing.
A 2017 United Nations report found that those from former colonies living in Portugal are among the poorest and are deprived in terms of access to adequate housing.
"People may be poor here but they have big hearts and preserving culture is part of who we are."