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Film: Ghana's Rollaball


Rollaball, a new film by Eddie Edwards documents the intense soccer/skateboard sport developed by polio survivors in Ghana. During the week, many of the players eat and sleep on the streets of Accra, but on Sundays in an empty taxi rank, they come together for the love of the sport they built. While many documentaries on Africa victimize people affected by disability and poverty, Rollaball illustrates how these players are fighters - they fight for the recognition of their game and for respect as sportsmen. If there's still any question about their athleticism, peep the trailer below. For more info on the film, visit their Kickstarter page here.

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Senegal Denies Release of Former Chadian President Hissène Habré

The Senegalese judicial government has refused to release Chad's imprisoned ex-president Hissène Habré on the alleged basis of his health concerns.

The Senegalese judiciary has refused former Chad president Hissène Habré's request to be released from prison. Habré faces life imprisonment for crimes against humanity including rape, kidnapping, slavery and executions. The decision by the Senegalese judiciary comes after the 79-year-old former statesman's lawyers reportedly filed for his release on the basis of health concerns.

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Wild Cape Town Fire Mostly Contained

A 35-year-old man has reportedly been arrested on charges of arson. This, after firefighters had been battling to put out the Cape Town fire that caused extensive damage.