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The Stories You Need To Know: UK PR Firm Apologizes For Controversial Campaign, Niger Army Accidentally Kills Civilians, And More

Key stories from South Africa, Malawi and Niger.

SOUTH AFRICA–UK-based PR firm Bell Pottinger has apologized for the work they did for Oakbay Investments, a firm owned by the controversial family that is involved in corruption allegations for capturing the state. Read the full story here.


South African Twitter was vicious with their responses (you can read some below):

 

NIGER-The Niger army has killed 14 civilians which were mistook for members of Boko Haram. The civilians were unarmed farmers in a restricted zone around the village of Abadam, next to the Nigerian border. Read the full story here.

MALAWI–Eight people, seven of them children, were killed in a stampede before a football match in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. Read the full story here.

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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