Fishmonger Esi Dede slices a fresh catch on the beach at the village of Apewosika, near Axim in central Ghana. Locals complain that the burgeoning offshore oil industry on the Atlantic coast means dwindling fish hauls. Eric Don-Arthur for NPR hide caption

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The contrast between Mogadishu and the Somaliland capital of Hargeisa is striking. In Hargeisa, people wave at foreigners, but in Mogadishu, foreigners are more likely to be shot or kidnapped. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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A Quranic student whose legs are bowed from polio (right) is helped across a busy street by a fellow student, as they beg to meet the daily quota imposed by their teacher in Dakar. Senegal's government recently announced that it was stepping up its campaign against begging in the streets of the West African nation. Rebecca Blackwell/AP hide caption

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Eastleigh, an area in Nairobi, Kenya, is known as "Little Mogadishu." It's a Somali neighborhood of mud roads, open sewers and intrigue where the militant group al-Shabab is trying to recruit people to its efforts to create a strict Islamist state in Somalia. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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