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Short Form Journalism by the Bhekisisa Team

Slavery ended in Mauritania in 1981 but tens of thousands still live in bondage.

This is what life is like in the world’s last country to ban slavery

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Photojournalist, Seif Kousmate, photographed and interviewed current and former slaves in Mauritania and got imprisoned by police in the process.

Obesity: Is eating slap tjips as bad as smoking?

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For millennials, it ain't looking good, but are hard-hitting campaigns just fat-shaming and counterproductive? The video features a small white box that looks like a...
The Gambian court case is the first to hold an African head of state accountable for violating the rights of people living with HIV.

‘No sex, no coffee, no ARVs’: Former president’s quackery could land him in court

Former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh will be the first African head of state to be tried for violating the rights of HIV-positive people.
Gasping for air: How this African innovation is helping the tiniest patients breathe a little easier.

Local is lekker: How this Kenyan hospital began to make its own supply of...

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Every year, hundreds of thousands of children die gasping for air. This could help to change that.
Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile started a Facebook group to support women who have had abortions or are looking to access abortions while also acting as a support system to victims of illegal abortion providers.

Slice of Life: ‘I shared my abortion experience on Facebook and it went viral’

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A horrifying experience at an illegal abortion provider led Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile to use social media to help women access safe abortion services
A medical scientist at the NICD prepares listeria samples for DNA sampling.

Listeria outbreak over: Your polony is safe, now meet the scientists you can thank

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SA's listeria epidemic is over. Take a look at the detectives who traced the epidemic's source in this feature from our archives.
Natalie Lewis believes if the health department investigated her mother's death this could have prevented 180 people from dying from listeriosis.

#Listeriosis: Meet the family that lost two loved ones

Long before red flags were raised, this family fell victim to listeriosis. And this week, tragedy has struck again.
Eritrean women at a refugee camp in Sudan. Experts say kidnapping has become big business along the Eritrean border.

Captured, raped, ransomed: The kidnappers preying on teenagers far from home

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When Ella and her cousin reached a refugee camp in Sudan, it seemed to herald safety. Instead, it was the start of an all too familiar ordeal.
Bond

Listeria: Follow SA’s medical sleuths as they chase a killer in a race against...

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Bond, James Bond: The source of the listeria outbreak will likely be found by a gene-sequencing machine named after the famous agent 007. (Delwyn Verasamy)
When these women fell pregnant

Forced abortions: A new frontier in the war on women’s bodies?

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Partners and families allegedly drugged women and in some cases even physically restrained them as doctors performed the procedure.
A former child soldier at the rehabilitation centre in Gulu

‘Now people call me a killer’: Abducted at nine to be a girl soldier

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Take a look at life after war for the women abducted by Ugandan rebel Joseph Kony.
A man takes a dose of methadone at Ar Rahman mosque in Kuala Lumpur

Myths and methadone: Will Egypt’s laws bend to the rising tide of drug abuse?

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The real revolution is yet to come when it relates to the country’s opioid epidemic. A thin, frail man slumps in an oversized chair, his...
Grandmothers working with the Friendship Bench project chat before counselling sessions begin.

Curbside counselling? These ‘friendship benches’ bring mental health closer to home

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One in four Zimbabweans suffers from mental illness, but untrained female health workers are setting a new benchmark for the treatment of patients.
Less than half of designated public abortion clinics actually provide the service. Here's how we know that.

#SizaMap: Find a safe, legal abortion near you with this list of designated providers

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Until now, the national and provincial health departments have not been able to say where services are provided. Here's how we found them.

When there was no list of free abortion clinics, we made our own. Here’s...

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How we found the country's 'missing' abortion providers – and mapped contraception services too. Bhekisisa has created #SizaMap, South Africa's first searchable map of free abortion providers....
Abortions have been legal in South Africa for over 20 years

‘They made me feel like a murderer’: Stigma endangers women seeking legal abortions

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Bontle Mabe turned to a loan shark to fund her abortion after she was turned away for five days in a row at her local clinic.