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Angel Salvatory, 17, buys cloth at a market in Kabanga village in Tanzania. Albinos living in a nearby protection center are allowed to go to the local market as long as they travel in a group for their own safety. Jacquelyn Martin for NPR hide caption

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Somali chef Ahmed Jama holds up freshly caught spiny lobsters he's about to cook in one of his restaurants in Mogadishu. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Congolese flee the eastern town of Sake, just west of Goma, on Friday. Fighting between rebel and government forces in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo has displaced at least 100,000 people. Jerome Delay/AP hide caption

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To escape fighting, thousands of civilians flee the town of Sake in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Thursday. Rebels captured Sake and made other advances in the area this week. Eastern Congo and the larger region have been the scene of frequent fighting over the past two decades. Phil Moore/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rebel Advances In Congo Send Civilians Fleeing

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Kenyans dance at a watch party for the U.S. presidential election in Kogelo village, home to President Obama's step-grandmother. Kenyans were elated by the president's re-election. Ben Curtis/AP hide caption

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Elated Kenyans Revel In Obama Win

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Radio Tanzania archivist Bruno Nanguka stands with just a few of the 15,000 reel-to-reel tapes stored in the station's archives. Jonathan Kalan hide caption

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Radio Tanzania: A Disappearing History On Tape

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Poaching is rife in Tanzania game reserves. This elephant was killed, and its tusks taken, at the Lake Chala Safari Camp, a small, private reserve near Mount Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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In A Tanzanian Village, Elephant Poachers Thrive

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Tanzania has been identified as the leading exporter of illegal ivory in recent years. An estimated 10,000 elephants are being slaughtered in the country annually. Here, elephants walk in the Serengeti National Reserve in northern Tanzania in 2010. Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Poachers Decimate Tanzania's Elephant Herds

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Somalis chat at a beach-side restaurant earlier this month. After two decades of civil war, Somali's capital, Mogadishu, is beginning to recover. Feisal Omar/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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As Somalia's War Ebbs, Mogadishu Dares To Rebuild

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A Big Texan Reflects On 'Big Tex'

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In 1991, the Batwa forest people of Uganda were evicted from their land when two neighboring national parks were created to protect shrinking habitat for the endangered mountain gorilla. A new program is trying to help them earn money and reconnect with their roots. Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin for NPR hide caption

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled since 1986, speaks in January at Uganda's Makarere University in the capital Kampala. Uganda celebrates a half-century of independence next month, and Museveni has ruled for more than half of that time. Ronald Kabuubi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Uganda's Leader: 26 Years In Power, No Plans To Quit

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Patrick Karabaranga, a warden at the Virunga National Park, plays with an orphaned mountain gorilla at the park headquarters in Rumangabo, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on July 17. The Virunga park is home to about 200 mountain gorillas, approximately a quarter of the world's population. Phil Moore/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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