Short Form

Short Form Journalism by the Bhekisisa Team

Yahya Jammeh peddled fake HIV ‘cures’ complete with alleged human rights abuses. But he also banned female genital cutting

This former dictator invented a fake HIV cure, but banned female genital cutting

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Having banned female genital cutting, his ousting was good for democracy, but but bad for women's bodies.
In the company of women: Judia

The village where men are banned

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Inside the Kenyan village that began as a refuge for survivors of sexual violence.
Water hyacinth isn’t just good at being abundant – its foliage also contains a high ratio of carbon to nitrogen. The combination makes it ideal as a renewable gas source via bio digesters like this one.

Why the fight against this weed could pay off handsomely for an energy-strapped SA

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This invasive plant clogs our dam and rivers but in Kenya, it’s become the next big thing in renewable energy.
This family's son

Bosasa to dead toddler’s family: If you want answers, you’ll have to PAIA us

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About 15 years after their son died while illegally detained at a deportation centre outside Johannesburg, this family still hasn't found his grave.
In Sierra Leone’s island-bound district of Bonthe

This is what it’s like to give birth in the world’s most dangerous country...

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When a river and several hours of dirt roads stand between you & the nearest hospital, giving birth can be deadly. One nurse is hoping to change that.
In Nigeria

Life under Nigeria’s gay ban

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It’s been five years since the country prohibited same-sex marriage and LGBTI gatherings, and the climate of fear left in its wake could be deadly.
Young refugees at Kenya’s sprawling Dadaab refugee complex are seen during a visit from Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai.

How this 19-year-old fell prey to human traffickers

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Unsafe in Somalia and unwanted in Kenya, refugees increasingly risk abduction in search of a better life.
Everyday life in Cairo: but the city has become a hub for the organ trade.

Organ trafficking: ‘They locked me in and took my kidney’

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Desperate to reach Europe, migrants from Africa are travelling to Egypt to sell body parts to pay for their passage.

‘An African man like me depressed?’ Why representation matters in the movies

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The continent’s largest film industry has been getting mental health all wrong with dangerous consequences. Now, that’s changing.
Zimbabwe's tough abortion laws aren't curbing terminations

Inside the illegal abortion market: ‘I nearly touched hell’

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Zimbabwe’s tight abortion laws aren’t curbing demand, they’re driving them underground — and it’s about to get worse.
Maasai girls participate in a newly conceived rite of passage to mark their ascent into womanhood

When police crashed her wedding, she was 8. Her soon-to-be husband was 67.

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Across the continent, women are helping to reimagine a sacred rite of passage in an effort to honour their cultures and spare their bodies.
In good hands: Mozambique's nurses take up the scalpel for safer births

This map tells you which districts have the country’s highest c-section rates

Some districts report Caesarean rates of 40%, which is much higher than the 26% national average for public hospitals.
A medical scientist at the NICD prepares listeria samples for DNA sampling.

2018: The best, the worst and the weird

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You made it through the year. Kick back, relax and take a read through the 2018 that was.
Angela Baloyi no longer sleeps in the room she shared with her five-year-old brother after a man snuck in one night and raped her. She was eight months’ pregnant.

‘I didn’t think it was necessary to use condoms because I was only 15.’

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This province reported skyrocketing rates of teen pregnancy but behind the figures lies a story about sex, knowledge and data.
Through its branches

How many of these iconic protest posters can you recognise?

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Here's the story of the Treatment Action Campaign or how a handful of people created a global movement that changed the world.
Amelie Chauke was able to keep up with her healthcare on the go and ensure her baby was born HIV negative with the help of farm-based clinics.

Plant, pick, pack: Finding Mpumalanga’s missing fruit pickers

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In this province, the agricultural and mining sectors draw thousands of workers each year – and then they disappear. Here’s why we need to find them.