Pipeline Tragedy Illustrates the Hell Called Lagos

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Vendors sell their wares along a stretch of public-transport buses parked on Cater Bridge in Lagos, Dec. 21, 2006. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Lagos, Nigeria

Vendors sell their wares along a stretch of public-transport buses parked on Cater Bridge in Lagos, Dec. 21, 2006.

Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images

A pipeline explosion earlier this week in Lagos, Nigeria, killed hundreds of Nigerians seeking fuel. The death toll is now at 265. Noah Adams talks with New Yorker writer George Packer, who says the tragedy is not surprising in a mega-city dominated by poverty and desperation.

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