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Africa (1/3)


This is also part of this series: Equator (3)

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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: BBC
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 60 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2006
Available in French: No

Simon's journey begins on a beach in oil-rich Gabon. In the capital, Libreville, he discovers that the country has produced more than eight billion barrels of oil and used to have the world's highest per capita consumption of Champagne. Heading East along the Equator line, Simon arrives in a village where locals have been banned from hunting, and now perform traditional dances for tourists. A narrow patch of Congo-Brazzaville lies on the Equator, but locals blame foreigners for an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, and the crew are told they could be attacked and killed if they land their small plane. So Simon lands in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a vast country - the size of Western Europe - where at least four million people have died since 1998 in the deadliest conflict since World War II. A short flight takes Simon to Kenya, where he meets a father-and-son team of traditional circumcisers at a bull-fight. Simon squirms as the father tells him how he gets into a cutting “frenzy” and can cut 100 boys an hour.

Links: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/equator/