Places in Mayotte
The island of Petite Terre, with two villages named Pamandzi and L’Abattoir, is connected to the rock of Dzaoudzi (a sort of poor man’s version of the Rock of Gibraltar) by a causeway. Until the arrival of the foreign legion in 1962, it served as the capital of Mayotte, and still functions as its military centre.
Most of Mayotte’s shops, restaurants and businesses are concentrated in Mamoudzou, and the neighbouring industrial zone of Kaweni. Here European-style paint warehouses and tyre emporiums sit side by side with the same rotting vegetables, open drains and piles of rubbish you’d see in any developing country’s port.
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