Swedish author builds homes for orphans in Mozambique

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Author Henning Mankell, best known for his detective novels, has donated more than $2 million dollars to build homes for orphaned children near the city of Chimoio in Western Mozambique. Mankell has divided his time between Sweden and Maputo, the capital of Mozambique for many years and reportedly gets much of his inspiration.

Mankell says it's a privilege to be able to build a new SOS Children's Village in his second homeland. "What the hell should I do with all this money?" he wondered. The village will have fifteen new houses, a kindergarten and a school -- and the author's name. The school will also serve children in the surrounding areas.

The author notes that his donation is but a start. "There are 800,000 orphaned children in this country. I can't help all of them. But that is not an excuse to not help anyone," he said. "There is a need for thousands of SOS Children's Villages in Mozambique. I have the possibility to build one, so I am doing it."

This sounds like one very cool dude.

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