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Stories By Region: Africa

July 2010

South Africa: Inside the Cycle of Rape
A warden's work with sex offenders

In a country where sexual violence has become an epidemic, a look inside Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison in Cape Town, and a warden's voluntary efforts to help convicted rapists end the cycle of abuse. read more

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June 2010

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Cameroon: Pipeline to Prosperity?
What happened to the project promoters called a

In 2000 the World Bank approved millions in financing for a massive oil drilling and pipeline project between Chad and Cameroon, two countries plagued by poverty and corruption. Ten years on, what has become of the "model" oil for development project? read more

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November 2009

Uganda: Out of the Wild

Uganda's "Impenetrable Forest" -- home to the world's largest population of Mountain Gorillas, is also a hotbed for a number of deadly diseases that cross the species barrier from animals to humans. Our story investigates how a new idea in public health called "One Health" is emerging to help combat threats like Ebola, Marburg virus, and TB. read more

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August 2009

Swaziland: The King and the Web

Can an internet conference challenge the status quo in a country with the highest rate of HIV/AIDs in the world and an absolute monarch reluctant to change? read more

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July 2009

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Cote d'Ivoire: Up in Smoke
Meet Africa's first green cops

In Abidjan, the commercial and cultural capital of the West African nation of Cote d'Ivoire, the potent odor of car exhaust permeates just about everything. Enter Africa's first ever "green cops" -- a new anti-pollution police force in Abidjan called UNIPOL (l'Unite de Police Anti-Pollution). Led by Lieutenant Yao Koffi, the unit patrols the city to educate the public and penalize polluters who violate the country's environmental code. read more

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June 2009

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Sierra Leone: Yeabu's Homecoming
Overcoming the stigma of a childbirth injury

Throughout the developing world, more than 3 million women suffer from a little known yet devastating medical condition called obstetric fistula. read more

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June 2009

Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground

As the June, 2009 digital television conversion makes tens of millions of analog TV's obsolete, and Americans continue to trash old computers and cell phones at alarming rates, FRONTLINE/World presents a global investigation into the dirty secret of the digital age -- the dumping of hundreds of millions of pounds of toxic electronic waste across the developing world. The report also uncovers another dangerous bi-product of a disposable culture - data fraud, as thousands of old hard drives are finding their way into criminal hands. read more

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June 2009

Guinea Bissau: A Narco State in Africa

Italian photojournalist Marco Vernaschi shares with iWitness his intimate portraits of drugs leaders, addicts and prostitutes caught up in a narcotics trade that is leaving a devastating mark on the poor West African nation of Guinea Bissau -- region where Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups are increasing their influence. read more

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January 2009

Zimbabwe: A Harsh Reality

Just as a power sharing agreement between Robert Mugabe and the opposition MDC party was announced today in Zimbabwe, we talk with our correspondent -- who must remain anonymous for her own safety -- about the situation there. read more

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October 2008

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Rwanda: Millennium Village
After 1994 genocide, a country journeys back

Janet Tobias reports from Rwanda on the Millennium Villages Project, an ambitious poverty reduction plan for Africa launched in 2004 by The Earth Institute at Columbia University. read more

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June 2008

Zimbabwe: On the Brink
Trying to escape Mugabe's wrath

As Zimbabwe teeters on the edge of despair, our correspondent in Harare describes how opposition supporters and journalists are trying to escape Mugabe's wrath. read more

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June 2008

South Africa: Go Away and Fight Mugabe!

When riots erupted in a South African township directed mainly at Zimbabwean refugees, a young American filmmaker captured the tensions and violence. read more

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May 2008

Mozambique: Guitar Hero
Singing about toilets to save lives

Most rock stars don't sing about hygiene and sanitation. Then again, not many live and work in Niassa, a remote province in one of the poorest countries in the world. FRONTLINE/World reporter Marjorie McAfee travels to Mozambique to meet Feliciano dos Santos, Afro-pop bandleader by night, nonprofit health and environmental activist by day. read more

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February 2008

Nigeria: God's Country
A struggle for souls and survival

In 2007, photographer Seamus Murphy traveled to Nigeria to explore religious tensions between Christians and Muslims in the country''s fertile "middle belt." In this audio slideshow, Murphy describes the dramatic images he captured in the region as the two groups searched for redemption and battled for souls. read more

January 2008

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South Africa: An Everyday Crime
A day in the life of a rape crisis center

This week's Rough Cut is a disturbing story. It deals with a sensitive and personal subject -- rape and sexual assault. Elena Ghanotakis reports from Cape Town, South Africa, home to extreme disparities between rich and poor and the highest levels of sexual violence in the world. read more

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December 2007

Darfur: Genocide in Slow Motion

In this unflinching portrait of the continuing humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Danish photojournalist Jan Grarup documents the human toll of the genocide in a sprawling displacement camp, home to some 100,000 people. read more

August 2007

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Congo: On the Trail of an AK-47
China's calling card in Africa

Since 1998, 4 million people have died in conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, more than in any other conflict since World War II. Despite a small arms trade embargo, Congo is awash in AK-47s, the weapon of choice for warring militias, and manufactured increasingly these days in China. Benjamin Pauker reports on China's growing influence in Africa. read more

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July 2007

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Ghana: Baseball Dreams
Africans embrace America's game

Trying to become a baseball star in a small, poor country in West Africa, where soccer is the sport of choice, is a tall order. But as reporter Zachary Stauffer discovers in this week's Rough Cut, Ghana has some true believers in America's game. read more

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July 2007

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Uganda: The Condom Controversy
AIDS and the abstinence debate

"You must learn how to say no," booms Ugandan evangelical minister Martin Ssempa. "Say 'I do not want to have sex. I have chosen not to have sex.'" So begins this week's Rough Cut, which looks at the controversy over U.S. funding for AIDS relief in Africa. We meet Ssempa, preaching to a classroom of students in Uganda's capital, Kampala. He's among a growing number of voices in the country who are teaching an abstinence-only approach to combat the spread of HIV. read more

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June 2007

Tanzania: Hero Rats
Sniffing landmines, saving lives

For the past seven years, Bart Weetjens has been running a unique lab in Tanzania, where he trains rats to sniff out deadly unexploded landmines. Although dogs have traditionally been used to help humans detect mines, Weetjens realized that rats are lighter, cheaper to maintain and less susceptible to disease. In "Hero Rats," FRONTLINE/World reporter Alexis Bloom accompanies Weetjens to work in Mozambique to watch his trained rodents in action. read more

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May 2007

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Liberia: Give Peace a Chance
A journey home

Every family has its secrets. Josef Sawyer found his in a drawer. As a boy living in suburban Massachusetts during the 1980s, he found a videotape stored among a collection of home movies and photographs. Watching the tape, Sawyer witnessed a murky, chaotic scene: A group of ragged soldiers, drinking beer and shouting, were torturing a man. read more

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May 2007

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Uganda: The Return
Asians back in Africa

I was always fascinated by the Indian traditions my family has preserved, even though my parents have never visited India. They were born in Uganda. In 1972, my parents were expelled from the country by the notorious dictator Idi Amin. By traveling to Uganda, I thought it would help me better understand my parents and, more profoundly, myself. I also wanted to investigate the racial dynamics in the country since the expulsion and discover which side -- if any -- I would "side" with: the Asians or the blacks ... or both. read more

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May 2007

POSITHIV: AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa
No longer the ultimate death sentence

Since 2002, photographer Pep Bonet has documented Medecins Sans Frontieres' ARV (anti-retroviral) program in six Sub-Saharan African countries: Zambia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, South Africa and Kenya. In this audio slide show, Bonet talks about the project and the images he captured. read more

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February 2007

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Somalia: A Reporter's Search for Al Qaeda

This week's Rough Cut recounts a war reporter's search for Islamist extremists harboring in Somalia and with links to Al Qaeda. On his intrepid journey into the south of Somalia, Dominique Christian Mollard, a veteran news reporter with the Associated Press, reveals a shadowy and dangerous country blighted by years of anarchy. read more

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November 2006

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Congo: Hope on the Ballot
Can historic elections bring peace?

Since gaining independence in 1960, the Democratic Republic of Congo has suffered through decades of dictatorship and war. In July 2006 the country went to the polls in the first democratic vote in more than 40 years. Reporter George Lerner travels to Congo to find out how people are reaching beyond a legacy of violence and what these historic elections represent. read more

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October 2006

Uganda: A Little Goes a Long Way
Pioneering microloans online

Continuing our series on social entrepreneurs, FRONTLINE/World travels to Uganda to explore the impact of microfinance and, in particular, how one San Francisco-based nonprofit is using the Web to forge a more direct connection between lenders in the U.S. and borrowers in developing countries. read more

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August 2006

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Libya: Out of the Shadow
A solar eclipse in a country seeking acceptance

Libya is not the first place that springs to mind as a hot-ticket destination. But much has changed in the country in recent years as Libya and its leader Colonel Gaddafi have returned to the diplomatic fold. Who better to explore the mysteries of present-day Libya than our roving world-music reporter Marco Werman? And what better way to get inside the country than to tag along with the 10,000 astronomy enthusiasts who descended on Libya earlier this year to watch the solar eclipse? read more

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June 2006

Zimbabwe: Shadows and Lies
Inside a state of fear

FRONTLINE/World goes undercover in Zimbabwe to reveal what has happened to a country once regarded as a beacon of democracy and prosperity in Africa. Posing as tourists, reporter Alexis Bloom and producer Cassandra Herrman find a population struggling with hunger and poverty, and living in fear of a government that has become a brutal dictatorship. read more

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October 2005

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South Africa: The Play Pump
Turning water into child's play

In rural villages across South Africa, some 5 million people don't have access to clean drinking water. In this week's Rough Cut, Africa correspondent Amy Costello brings us a surprisingly upbeat tale about Trevor Field, a canny entrepreneur who decided to tackle South Africa's water woes in his own novel and enterprising way. read more

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August 2005

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This Land is Ours
Who should own Namibia's farms?

FRONTLINE/World reporter Sarah Colt travels to Namibia to take an intimate look at some of the black and white farmers struggling over who should own Namibia's farms and cattle ranches. The conflict over land reform in Namibia is a continentwide debate in microcosm: Given Africa's history of colonialism, and its ongoing disparities in wealth between blacks and whites, how is it possible to redress those inequities fairly without causing economic collapse? read more

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May 2005

Liberia: No More War
General Opande's last mission

United Nations peacekeepers moved into Liberia in 2003 to help implement a peace deal and make the country secure both for civilians and for the transitional government that was put in place after President Charles Taylor was exiled. With unique access to the mission under Force Commander General Daniel Opande, FRONTLINE/World reporter Jessie Deeter, accompanies the charismatic Opande into the war-torn region as the mission faces one of its biggest challenges -- to disarm more than 100,000 former fighters and offer them an alternative to war. read more

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April 2005

South Africa: Nuclear Underground -- Video Web Exclusive: Part 2
The Secret Life of Asher Karni

Continuing our investigation of nuclear proliferation, FRONTLINE/World reporter Mark Schapiro and producer Cassandra Herrman travel to South Africa to find out how Asher Karni, an Israeli businessman respected in his Orthodox community in Cape Town, became the middleman in a black market operation to supply nuclear technology to Pakistan. Karni has pled guilty to violating U.S. export laws and is in jail awaiting sentencing. read more

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March 2005

South Africa: Nuclear Underground -- Special Report: Part 1
The Middleman

In a joint investigation with the Center for Investigative Reporting and Mother Jones magazine, FRONTLINE/World correspondent Mark Schapiro probes the strange case of a South African businessman, Asher Karni, who attempted to export 200 nuclear bomb triggers from the United States to Pakistan via Cape Town. The importer was Humayun Khan, an Islamabad businessman with close ties to Pakistan's military. read more

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January 2005

Sudan: The Quick and the Terrible
Investigating charges of genocide

FRONTLINE/World reporter Amy Costello travels dangerous back roads into Sudan's war-torn Darfur region to learn about the roots of what many consider to be an ongoing genocide. Costello takes a close-up look at the plight of the Darfuris and examines the consequences of continued civil war. read more

March 2004

Kenya: Run Lornah Run
Women racing for their lives

Kenyan men have long ranked among the world's best long distance runners, but until recently, Kenyan women have been confined to traditional roles at home and on the farm. FRONTLINE/World reporter Alexis Bloom journeys to the mountain village of Iten in Kenya's northwest highlands, where one of Kenya's first great female marathoners, Lornah Kiplagat, using her prize money, established and operates a camp to train the next generation of women runners. read more

January 2003

Nigeria: The Road North
What the Miss World riots reveal about a divided country

FRONTLINE/World reporter and producer Alexis Bloom and co-producer Cassandra Herrman land in Nigeria just as the Miss World contest gets under way. A riot breaks out, hundreds die and the beauty contestants flee. In the aftermath, the plight of Amina Lawal, a woman sentenced to be stoned to death for adultery, seems all the more telling. read more

May 2002

Sierra Leone: Gunrunners
Tracking the secret operations of international gun smugglers

FRONTLINE/World investigates the deadly business of international weapons dealers, whose guns, grenades and mortars have contributed to millions of deaths around the world. We follow a team of U.N. detectives as they track down the source of illegal arms used to massacre civilians in Freetown, Sierra Leone. read more


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