Issue 389 of New Internationalist

Reader-owned global journalism

May 2006

Two decades of change in an African village

Most Africans have no more contact with famine and war than anyone else. While the mainstream media associate Africa only with disaster, villagers all over the continent are quietly making ends meet, seeking as good a life as possible for themselves and their families. In 1995 NI co-editor Chris Brazier returned to a village in Burkina Faso that he first came to know in 1985 and reported on how people’s lives had changed. At the end of 2005 he returned to the village again to see what difference another decade of ‘development’ has made to this one community.


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