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Ebola epidemic in Guinea: 'People think it's made-up'


Three months after it first surfaced in Guinea, the Ebola virus epidemic – which has also hit Liberia and Sierra Leone – has been judged ‘out of control’ by Medecins Sans Frontieres. The virus has been eradicated from certain places only to spring up in others. For our Observers in Guinea, the real problem is raising public awareness. Read more...

The never-ending struggle of a Kenyan village beset by lead poisoning


Residents of a poor district in Mombasa accuse Kenya’s government of ignoring their pleas for help after toxic waste from a nearby smelter caused three deaths and untold suffering. Although the factory was finally forced to move after seven years, the community still endures the consequences. Read more...
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‘Most-photographed house in Africa’ slated for demolition

Kenyans are rallying online to save Nairobi’s legendary ‘Heritage House’ from being demolished to make way for a modern railway line. The House – which is claimed to be the most photographed in Africa – is a museum of ancient wonders that showcases the continent’s extraordinarily rich past. Read more...

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Indigenous Canadians take on oil tankers with massive crochet chain

Distraught at the idea of oil tankers passing right next to their land, women from Canada's Gitga’at Nation in British Columbia decided to use their talent for crochet to stage a symbolic protest. For months, they worked on a multi-colored crochet chain no less than seven kilometres long. On Friday, they stretched it across the channel where tankers may soon navigate. Read more...

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Fear grows in London suburb after alleged Polish neo-Nazi gang attack

 
Community leaders in a north London suburb have issued an appeal for calm after an alleged Polish neo-Nazi gang assaulted festival-goers on Saturday. Local residents in Tottenham say the group has been growing in size and influence for the past three years – culminating in this weekend’s bloody attack. Read more...
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DR Congo: Forced labour eclipses schoolwork

 
School principals in Bukama, a city in southern Democratic Republic of Congo, have found a rather unorthodox way to renovate their schools’ buildings for free: under the cover of “handicrafts” workshops, students — often very young ones — are building the bricks themselves in clay quarries, rather than studying. Read more…

Demolition sparks protests in Abuja: ‘The residents have nowhere to go’

 
Protests erupted in the suburbs of Abuja on Thursday following the government demolition of homes in a temporary housing settlement inhabited by indigenous people of the region. Read more...
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Daily power outages 'harrowing' experience for African World Cup fans

 
Power outages are a daily problem for a number of African cities. But when it takes place in the middle of a football match, which just happens to be part of the World Cup, it can be a very harrowing experience for fans. Read more…
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