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Children pay the price in Burkina Faso’s gold mines

Perched on the edge of a mine shaft, Joel Sawadogo, 13, readies the fragile plastic lamp strapped to his forehead with an elastic band as he prepares to lower himself into the darkness. He is one of hundreds of children and young people working at the……

Meet the UFO cult campaigning against female genital mutilation

On a blisteringly hot afternoon this month, an unusual gathering took place in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso in the west African country of Burkina Faso. Shaded by red and green striped canopies, a couple of hundred people stood in reverential silence around a laptop. On screen, a man with a…

Hedonistic UFO cult ‘the Raelians’ behind Africa’s first clitoral restoration hospital

A UFO cult is behind Africa’s first clitoral restoration hospital in Burkina Faso, set to open in March, which will offer a controversial surgery to victims of female genital mutilation. The Raelian sect believes that humans were created by extra-terrestrials to experience joy. It promotes world peace, democracy — and…

One million children labor in Africa’s goldmines

In Burkina Faso, gold production has more than doubled in recent years. Though child labor is against the law in the West African nation, the economics and the nature of mining make labor law enforcement…  …

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