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The Stories You Need To Know: The Effects Of Xenophobia On South African Universities, Egypt’s Inflation Falls, And More

United States President Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement on climate change and more stories from the continent.

SOUTH AFRICA–Fewer African students are enrolling in South African universities due to the country’s highly publicized xenophobia. Visa delays also contribute to the factor. Read the full report here.


EGYPT–The country’s deflation rate fell to 29.7% in May from 31.5% in April. This was the first time in seven months since the country’s currency was devalued. Read the full story here.

KENYA–A Kenyan judge who freed a man convicted of defiling a minor has attracted the international spotlight. This was after he ruled that the child in question “appeared to want to have sex” with the defendant. Read the full story here.

DIASPORA–United States President Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Read the full story here for the effects and implications of this move.

SOUTH AFRICA–South African banks and businesses have donated millions to the people of Knysna, a small town in the Western Cape that has been affected by fires in the past two days. 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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