In the January-February 2017 issue of New Internationalist Chris Brazier completes a unique journalistic project by returning to the village in Burkina Faso, in west Africa, that he first visited in 1985 while making a film.
He visited in 1995 and 2005 to report on changes in the lives of individuals and on the progress of development in the community. The previous magazines have offered an intriguing insight into the lives of people battling against poverty and have reported on substantial positive changes in the life of the community – from the opening of a health centre and a primary school in the village to the first appearance of mobile phones.
Have the past 11 years of change brought further progress? And are the individuals that we have tracked over the three decades still healthy and happy?
January 2017, Issue 499
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Chris Brazier returns to the village in Burkina Faso that he has visited every 10 years since helping to make a film there in 1985.
How the village has grown - and some facts about how things have changed.
A photographic account of changes over the years in: housing; water; education; health; sanitation; food and farming; technology; and women.
Former military pilot François Moné has taken on the traditional role of Chief. He explains how he is using this to pursue the development of the village.
The latest instalment in the lives of Adama, his four co-wives and their 26 children.
When rich and poor worlds collide, money is inevitably a problem.
Mariama’s sons are all trying to make their way in the wider world. But how do you explain to Africans that the rich world is now shutting its doors to migrants?
We must respond with a genuine vision for ending the corrupt politics of privilege, writes Mark Engler.
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From Cuba to Yemen – stories and photos from around the world that you might have missed in 2016, compiled by Jo Lateu.
My Daily Mail badge of honour.
Best of 2016.
Cameraperson, directed by Kirsten Johnson; Twentieth Century Women, directed by Mike Mills.
Cruel Optimism by Lawrence English; Ensen by Emel.
Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra; Ours to Hack and to Own edited by Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider; The Exiled by Kati Hiekkapelto; Revolution in Rojava by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga.
Amy Booth witnesses the impact of Bolivia’s controversial child-labour law.
Ego? Tick. Money? Tick. Power-hungry? Tick. A disaster for the world? Tick.
Saudi women’s rights activist Naseema Assada talks to Lydia Noon about fighting for a better future for the next generation.
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