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Off-grid solar systems save lives

Features Off-grid solar systems save lives   In isolated, off-grid communities, SOLAR-POWERED innovations are improving livelihoods, boosting economic opportunities and even saving lives. IN MANY health facilities in rural Sub-Saharan Africa, doctors conduct emergency surgeries with lights from their mobile phones, women give birth in the dark without necessary medical equipment and babies are at risk of dying because there’s no reliable power to supply oxygen concentrators. In the hospital, you often didn’t have access to oxygen cylinders. So the […]

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In Kenia zijn kamelen de nieuwe melkkoe

Features In Kenia zijn kamelen de nieuwe melkkoe   Door klimaatverandering wordt Kenia droger.Keniaanse veehouders stappen daarom over op kamelen. De dieren kunnen lang zonder water en leveren goed betaalde ‘supermelk’. Een schroeiende zon en eindeloze dorre vlaktes. Op het eerste gezicht is er verder weinig te bekennen in de velden bij Isiolo, een provinciestadje zo’n vijf uur ten noorden van Nairobi, de hoofdstad van Kenia. De lichtbruine kamelen van Mariam Maalim (45) vinden er echter toch wat te eten. […]

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A web of conflicts in oil-rich Jonglei

Features A web of conflicts in oil-rich Jonglei   One and a half year ago the South Sudanese acquired their independence. The eastern province jonglei, however, is still the scene of heavy violence. Rebel leader David Yau Yau is fighting the South Sudanese army, which, however, is not the only conflict situated in the province.   Bor/ Pibor – Any moment we can again be attacked, sighs Daniel Akau Garang (32) while he rubs a cow with impressive horns with a […]

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Burqas and kalasjnikovs

Features Burqas and kalasjnikovs   Afghanistan has six hundred police women; In 2014 there should be five thousand. Even though they run a high risk of getting killed there are still women signing up, often driven by financial problems. Despite government efforts people don’t seem to take them very seriously. A lot of these female police officers don’t even have a service weapon and others are threatened by their male colleagues.   ‘They refuse to give us a weapon.’ Sima […]

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Raped masculinity

Features Raped masculinity   Not only women, but also many men are raped in violent eastern Congo. They suffer from social stigma and receive little to no support from aid agencies. After fleeing to Uganda, they are particularly at risk due to the recently passed anti-gay law. Kampala – ‘I would rather have died than to have been forced to experience this.’ Steven Kighoma stares into the distance with an empty look in his eyes. Soldiers kidnapped the 29-year-old Congolese […]

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The Kenyan mentor of Chris Froome

Features The Kenyan mentor of Chris Froome   The career of four-time tour winner Chris Froome started thousands of miles away in a tiny village on the outskirts of Nairobi. Kenyan professional cyclist David Kinjah took him on trips through the mountains and injected him with the cycling virus.   While it has been fifteen years ago, David Kinjah (40) remembers it like it was yesterday. “After one of my races, a shy blond kid with a BMX-bike asked whether […]

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Chinese looting Mozambique’s forests

Features Chinese looting Mozambique’s forests   Chines businessmen are looting the hardwood forests in countries like Mozambique, Congo and Russio. As a result, these countries have lost millions of dollars in tax revenue and their tropical hardwood forests might disappear within just a few years.   Nito Silva wipes the wood shavings from his sweaty face while his chainsaw still growls. “I log about 40 trees per day,” he says, leaning on a tree he has just cut. The 45-year-old […]

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Ethiopian rising textile industry

Features Ethiopian rising textile industry   Low wages, cheap power and a stable political situation  have prompted foreign textile companies like H&M to start sourcing from Ethiopia. But, in many cases, the workers themselves are struggling to make ends meet. Sewing machines rattle away in the huge GG Super Garment factory in Debre Zeyit, some 45 kilometers (28 miles) southeast of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Hundreds of women and a few men are sewing singlets and T-shirts, destined for […]

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Bred for the trophy

Features Bred for the trophy   The world was outraged by the recent killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. Lion trophy hunting, however, is an even bigger sport in South Africa where lions are bred especially for the hunting industry. Trophy hunters shoot nearly thousand lions a year and Asians nowadays even buy their bones. “In the future, lions might only to be seen in cages.” PRETORIA – A mounted lioness stares at us from her pedestal when we […]

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