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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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