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Land reform brings prosperity to black Zimbabweans

The land of Zimbabwe is beautiful, rich, fertile and the country’s lifeline. For decades, battles have been fought on the land and for the land. It’s about who should control it. Several thousand white farmers dominated the country’s agriculture. Black …

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On the refugee road: my story. PI

Every year, thousands flee their country to escape war, drought or poverty. In 1996 in Somalia, Africa Reporter Jamal Osman was one of them. Here, he retraces his steps and meets those trying it now. It was in 1996. I …

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On the refugee road: my story. PII

Every year, thousands flee their country to escape war, drought or poverty. In 1996 in Somalia, Africa Reporter Jamal Osman was one of them. Here, he retraces his steps and meets those trying it now. It was in 1996. I …

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On tour with the slum tourists in Kenya

Kibera slum is home to nearly a million people. With an average income of less than a pound a day, it is one of the poorest parts of Kenya – a poverty that is attracting western tourists. Tourism is a …

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Khat producers left high and dry after UK ban

A UK ban on khat – widely used in the Somali community – comes into force in the next few months. But there is anger in Kenya, where thousands of farmers depend on exports of the herbal stimulant. Somali campaigners …

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Exclusive: inside an al-Shabaab training camp

They chant: “We are al-Shabaab! We are al-Qaeda! We are terrorists!” In a secret location, deep in the Somali bush, I met al-Shabaab, one of the most feared al-Qaeda-affiliated organisations in the world. Around 300 newly trained fighters, who have …

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Life in chains: the plight of Somalia’s mentally ill

Living in a tin shack by the roadside, Abdullahi is isolated, barely washed and poorly fed. For the last 17 years he has been chained up by his own family in Hargeisa, Somaliland. He spends most of his days watching …

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Community rebuilds after ‘Islamophobic’ arson attack

The arson attack on the al-Rahma community centre in north London – blamed on the EDL – has left local Somalis and their children deeply affected. Will the area and its people ever recover? It was around 4am in the …

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Somali families’ banking lifeline under threat

A money transfer system allowing UK families to send cash back home is under threat after Barclays said it wouldn’t do business with transfer firms. I report on the problem facing Somalia. Hawa Abdulle, a Somali mother, her children and …

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Standing up to Golden Dawn in Greece

The economic crisis in Greece has led to a rise in support for the far-right Golden Dawn and an increase in racist attacks. I travelled to the country to talk to one man who is fighting back. Michael Chege and …

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