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The Tribes Paying The Brutal Price Of Conservation

The Tribes Paying The Brutal Price Of Conservation

  The Botswana police helicopter spotted Tshodanyestso Sesana and his friends in the afternoon. The nine young Bushmen, or San, had been hunting antelope to feed their families, when the chopper flew towards them. There was a burst of gunfire from the air and the young men dropped their meat and skins and fled. Largely […]

Iraqi Children Pay High Health Cost Of War-Induced Air Pollution, Study Finds

Iraqi Children Pay High Health Cost Of War-Induced Air Pollution, Study Finds

Air pollution caused by war may be a major factor in the numbers of birth defects and cancers being reported in Iraq and other war zones, a study has suggested. Human exposure to heavy metals and neurotoxicants from the explosion of bombs, bullets, and other ammunition affects not only those directly targeted by bombardments but […]

Kenya’s Ogiek People Are Seeing Their Land Rights ‘Brutalised’

Kenya’s Ogiek People Are Seeing Their Land Rights ‘Brutalised’

They came without warning, forcing people from their homes with no time to collect their possessions. A deaf old man was attacked when he didn’t hear the orders to leave. Then the houses were burned to the ground. More than 200 families, all from the indigenous Ogiek minority, were evicted from their homes on the […]

Gabon Aims To Cut Yawning Poverty Gap By Ending Its Dependency On Oil

Gabon Aims To Cut Yawning Poverty Gap By Ending Its Dependency On Oil

Gabon is 85% rainforest. Flying over the giant canopy, the miles pass without a glimpse of the forest floor. Then a bald patch emerges. In the clearing in Awala, which has become Africa’s biggest industrial plantation, men in boots tend to thousands of small palm trees in long rows. They are setting the scene for […]

‘The Best Solution? Move The Mauritanian Capital’: Water On The Rise In Nouakchott

‘The Best Solution? Move The Mauritanian Capital’: Water On The Rise In Nouakchott

The two events are not unrelated. As heads of state fly into Nouakchott’s new airport for the Arab League summit on Monday, Vieux Fall will be raising the roof – and the floor – of his family’s small compound. “The water table has risen more than usual this year. The toilets are overflowing. We are […]

Solar Sister Lights Entrepreneurial Spirit To Improve Women’s Lives In Uganda

Solar Sister Lights Entrepreneurial Spirit To Improve Women’s Lives In Uganda

Harriet Nabukwasi is saving up. Having seen people claim her neighbour’s land, she is determined hers will not go the same way. The only way to protect the half-acre site in Mudokori village in Tororo, eastern Uganda, is to register the land and acquire a title. “This land is our life,” says Nabukwasi, 31, who […]

Coal India Accused Of Bulldozing Human Rights Amid Production Boom

Coal India Accused Of Bulldozing Human Rights Amid Production Boom

The bulldozer came to Barkuta village at 10am one February morning. Nirupabai was working in the fields when her neighbours called, telling her to rush home. By the time she reached her house it had been reduced to rubble. “I cried, I screamed, trying to save it,” she says, recalling the eviction now two years […]

Samoa’s Prime Minister Defends Country’s Role As Offshore Tax Haven

Samoa’s Prime Minister Defends Country’s Role As Offshore Tax Haven

The prime minister of Samoa has defended his country’s role as an offshore tax haven, claiming it provides revenue for social programmes for young people who might otherwise be exposed to illegal drugs. During a visit to Brussels, prime minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi suggested the ravages of climate change on his Pacific island nation […]

More People In Less Space: Rapid Urbanisation Threatens Global Health

More People In Less Space: Rapid Urbanisation Threatens Global Health

The global population looks set to rise to 9.7 billion people by 2050, when it is expected that more than two-thirds of humanity will be living in urban areas. The global health community is bracing itself. Compared to a more traditional rural existence, the shift in lifestyle and inevitable increase in exposure to pollution will […]

EU Accused of Exporting Problem of Overfishing With Mauritania Deal

EU Accused of Exporting Problem of Overfishing With Mauritania Deal

The EU has renewed a four-year fishing agreement with Mauritania that will allow more than 100 EU vessels into Mauritania’s waters in return for funding that will support local fishing communities. But the deal has its critics. The agreement, which has just been greenlit by the European parliament, is an avenue for member states to […]

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