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Botswana's 50th Birthday Celebration in Photos

An exclusive behind-the-scenes look inside Botswana’s 50th Independence Day (BOT50) celebrations at the National Stadium in Gaborone.

Botswana turned 50 yesterday. Months of hype surrounding the southern African nation's golden jubilee celebrations culminated in thousands of Batswana gathering at the National Stadium in Gaborone to celebrate half a century of independence.


Indeed, BOT50 was a birthday party for the ages.

In the series of photos below, Botswana-based photographer Uyapo Ketogetswe takes us behind the scenes at Botswana’s 50th anniversary celebration at the National Stadium in Gaborone, beginning with Thursday evening's opening ceremony and leading into Friday’s Independence Day festivities.

Happy birthday, Botswana!

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

Photo by Uyapo Ketogetswe.

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Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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