Welcome to Ghana, where every day workers inhale lead, flame retardants, dioxides and other toxins as they sift through the heaps of electronic waste exported here from industrious countries. It’s illegal, of course, but that doesn’t hinder any activity. The home of many children is referred to as a digital dumping ground, and on the occasions that they might want to play outside, they run the risk of inhibiting the development of their brains, as well as their reproductive and nervous system.
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Following the 1988 collapse of the Somalian government, Dr. Hawa Abdi took it upon herself to provide refuge for the increasing amounts of people seeking sanctuary from the devastating amount of fighting. Through the years, her one-person clinic transformed into a 400-bed hospital, and over 90,000 lives were saved.
If you’re looking for some of the most bizarre trees the world has to offer, head to Madagascar where you can find six of the eight species of Baobab tree. Resembling something that you might find on Mars, the Baobab ranges in height from 15 to 98 feet tall and can have a circumference as wide as 154 feet. Some claim that the largest of these trees are thousands of years old; that, of course, is hard to prove traditionally since the wood of these trees doesn’t produce growth rings.
During World War II, the US military used infrared film as camouflage detection to scope out enemies with much greater ease. Some years later, filmmaker Richard Mosse got his hands on the same bubblegum pink film and has used it to bring to light the violence and warfare that has plagued many parts of Africa–specifically the Democratic Republic of the Congo–for decades yet has managed to slip under the Western radar for just as long.
From National Geographic: Tight clusters of traditional mud-brick-and-palm houses have stood for centuries in Ghadames, a pre-Roman oasis town in the Sahara. Rooftop walkways allowed women to move freely, concealed from men’s view.
Located between the Kenyan and Tanzanian border, Amboseli National Park is one of the best wildlife viewing experiences in the world, especially for avian acolytes. Within its 151 square mile region, you can behold over 400 different species of bird!