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Shell Agrees to $84 Million Deal for 2 Oil Spills That Devastated A Nigerian Community

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According to BBC Nigeria correspondent Will Ross, the oil-rich west African nation experiences hundreds of oil spills every year. Some are caused by leaks, others are a result of sabotage from oil thieves. In the years of 2008 and 2009, the community of Bodo – located on the eastern edge of the Niger River delta in southern Nigeria – was devastated by two of the biggest oil spills in the country’s history. Both spills occurred on the Trans Niger Pipeline. Operated by the Shell

More Than 200 Muslim Youth Protect Christians During Christmas Service in Nigeria

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Nigeria has seen a sharp increase in Islamic extremism recently. December has been a particularly violent month: on December 11, twin car combs killed more than 30 people in the city of Jos. The attacks were blamed on the extremist group Boko Haram and were seen as an effort to ignite violence between Christians and Muslims in the area. Then, on December 14, a group of Islamist mercenaries and a number of Muslim herdsmen raided villages in the Nigerian state of Benue,

Nepal’s “Miracle Doctor” Has Personally Restored the Vision of More Than 100,000 People

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For many of his patients, Sanduk Ruit is truly a miracle worker. Over the past 30 years, Ruit has personally restored vision to more than 100,000 people in Asia and Africa. He has also taught his simply and inexpensive methods to countless other eye surgeons across the world, in countries as remote as North Korea. The entire process takes around five minutes. The doctor makes a small incision in the patient’s eye, allowing him to remove cloudy cataracts that impair vision

This Nigerian Billionaire Just Pledged $100 Million to Help Grow 10,000 African Startups


Anyone who really knows Africa will tell you that the key to financial and social advancement is not foreign aid and transnational corporations, but rather an investment in Africa’s own human capital. A recent study of 10 developing African economies found that 53% of people had plans to start a business within the next three years. That number was as high as 70% in the countries of Angola, Botswana, Malawi and Uganda. But while many Africans see opportunities for entrepreneurship, they often find it difficult

Tanzanian Government Accused of Selling Maasai Land to Turn It Into Hunting Reserve

The Maasai people are one of Africa’s oldest indigenous ethnic groups. Originally from the lower Nile valley, the Maasai people began migrating south during the 15th century, finally settling in what is now Kenya and central Tanzania during the 17th and 18th centuries. Starting in the early 1900s, Maasai lands began to shrink as a result of British colonization in the region. In 1911, a British treaty shrank Maasai land by 60% – the Maasai living in these areas were evicted to make

Two of the World’s Biggest Chocolate Makers Warn of Global Cocoa Shortage

The holidays are traditionally a time when local stores and Pinterest boards explode with all kinds of elaborate, festive treats, many of them involving (what else?) chocolate. From the leftover Halloween candy bars to the cookies for Santa, many people could not imagine a holiday season, let alone any season, without chocolate. But according to two of the world’s biggest chocolate makers, that’s exactly where we’re headed. Mars, Inc. and Barry Callebaut claim that as chocolate consumption has risen, we

Chinese Officials Busted For Illegal Ivory Trade During Presidential Trip to Africa

Chinese investors call it “White Gold.” Carvers and collectors prefer the term “Organic Gemstone.” Smugglers, however, provide the most poignant and telling (not to mention chilling) name: “Bloody Teeth.” Critics say the Chinese government is not doing enough to stem the illicit ivory trade, which has exploded in the five years since conservationists and governments agreed to a program of limited ivory sales in an attempt to stifle poaching. Many are now going so far as to blame China for not only allowing

How Ancient Indonesian Cave Paintings Are Challenging Art History

A few simple cave paintings may be drastically changing how we view the history of art in the world. On the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, archaeologists have discovered cave paintings from as far back as 40,000 years ago, making them some of the oldest in the world. The paintings were actually discovered about 50 years ago – it was initially assumed that they were only about 12,000 years old. But earlier this month, archaeologists published a study in the scientific journal Nature that used exhaustive methods to show

16-Year-Old Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Agricultural Breakthrough

Every year, Google sponsors a global science fair in the hopes of finding young scientist with innovative ideas that could change the world. This year’s winners are no exception.  Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow (all 16) took the top prize with their project “Combating the Global Food Crisis”. The trio figured out a way to cut seed germination time in half, while also producing crop yields nearly 75% greater than normal. So how’d they do it? For starters, all three

Liberia Agrees to Completely Stop Cutting Down Trees In Exchange for Developmental Aid

In a monumental new deal, the government of Liberia has agreed to halt all logging operations within the country by 2020 in exchange for a $150 million development investment from Norway. Though Liberia’s forests are not the largest in Africa, they make up about 43% of West Africa’s remaining rainforest and are home to the last significant populations of species like western chimpanzees, forest elephants and leopards. Logging in the country has increased significantly since the end of Liberia’s civil war

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