The author of the popular Wallander series of crime novels has long divided his time between Stockholm and Maputo. He said he viewed it as a privilege to divert some of his wealth to a new SOS Children’s Village in his second home.
“What the hell should I do with all this money?” he wondered in a statement.
The money donated by Mankell will be used to build homes for 150 orphans near the western city of Chimoio.
“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.
The village, which is to bear the author’s name, will contain fifteen new houses, a kindergarten and a school that will also serve children in the outlying area.
“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,” said Mankell.
The writer said that the extent of his wealth made it easy for him to be generous.
“I am sometimes surprised that other people with a lot of money don’t do anything more sensible than buy another villa at the Riviera. How many villas can a person have?”