As fish vanish, so do Tombwa’s riches
Warming water off the Angolan coast is a death knell for this once-booming town
BY MAX BEARAK AND CHRIS MOONEY PHOTOS BY CAROLYN VAN HOUTEN
tombwa, angola — His ancestors were Portuguese colonialists who settled on this otherworldly stretch of coast, wedged between a vast desert and the southern Atlantic. They came looking for the one thing this barren region had in abundance: fish.
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