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Nigeria's President is Alive, Returns Home After a Seven Week Medical Leave

Following a seven week medical leave, President Muhammadu Buhari, has returned to Nigeria and will resume office on Monday.

After months of speculation surrounding his health and whereabouts, Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buhari, has  returned home and will resume office on Monday, following an extended "medical vacation" in the U.K.


Details of his condition were kept veiled, leading many Nigerians to believe that their president had died and that the government was keeping information from them—a reasonable suspicion, considering that a similar event occurred back in 2010, when Goodluck Jonathan took office following the medical leave and subsequent death of President Umaru Yar'Adua.

74-year-old Buhari spoke about his absence this morning in Abuja, where he kept details about his illness vague, simply stating that he had "never been so sick" and that he required further medical check-ups, but was nonetheless "feeling much better."

Though Buhari's return may provide some semblance of closure, lingering questions about his capabilities and the state of Nigeria's economy, have left a lasting cloud of uncertainty in the air.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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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