Browsing All posts tagged under »corruption«

Dynamite Fishing Dar es Salaam

July 13, 2015

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Dynamite fishing is big business here. Despite the authorities knowing about this issue, there appears to be little done to stop or mitigate against this activity. The fishermen, I am told, are all “protected” by well connected boat people.   I wasn’t going to be able to do a proper story on this without causing some […]

Agra

February 27, 2014

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Agra is famed for the Taj Mahal. A beautiful marble white domed structure commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It took thousands of labourers to build it and years too. The project was to commemorate his third wife a Persian woman, Mumtaz, who died giving birth to his 14th child!! When I asked, the locals […]

Fobbing Off – Day 74

May 16, 2012

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Today I’ve decided to stay at the B&B. No gallivanting down country roads or hitching a ride with 9 other people in a four-seater car. It rained hard all evening and this morning so I thought it best not to travel. I’ve given the hotel manager some cash and bought some fuel for the generator […]

Fish and Chimps – days 66 to 68 continued….

May 12, 2012

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When I started this study I was curious to find out what factors could be affecting the well-being and indeed the long-term survival of wild chimps in the Budongo Forest. I had no idea how many complex layers I would uncover in the process of probing and I’ve also come to realise there is a […]

Fish – Day 54

April 28, 2012

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Next week is my last at camp Budongo. I feel quite emotional about it. I love the surroundings, the staff; field assistants, the researchers and Mary’s cooking (chapatis just won’t taste the same elsewhere!). It will be hard to leave dry-eyed even for a cynical old boot like me. Nine weeks have vanished, but I […]

Interviews – Day 37

April 11, 2012

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My interview with the National Forestry Authority (NFA) didn’t happen on the day I had scheduled it. Bad weather, the Easter break and lack of transportation meant it had to be postponed. But when I did finally catch up with the officer in question I was mildly surprised by how refreshingly honest he was. He […]

UN pledges better law enforcement but gorillas still being slaughtered

April 24, 2011

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Less than a month after the United Nations pledged to enforce stricter laws to protect gorillas, these endangered primates are still being butchered by illegal traffickers. Two hunters  arrested in the Ngombe forest in the Republic of Congo were jailed last week; sentenced to a year and order to pay fines of more than £1500. Their […]