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T-Shirt Travels

When filmmaker Shantha Bloemen was stationed in a remote village in Zambia as a worker with an international aid organization, she had to adjust to living in a different culture. But one thing struck her as oddly familiar: almost everyone in the village wore secondhand clothing from the West. Bloemen began to imagine stories about the people who used to wear the clothing, wondering if the original owners had any idea that the castoffs they had given to charities ended up being sold to Africans half a world away.

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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, July 19, 2013 9:48 AM

It's fascinating to look at the effects of globalization, and a great look at how economies change.  When people in the Western world drop a bag of clothes off at a charity, I doubt we think they'd end up in a village in Africa. Warning:  it does get a little preachy at the end. 

Mr Ortloff's curator insight, October 8, 2013 12:44 PM

Is direct aid a good thing or not? How does secondhand clothing impact local economies?

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 3:57 PM

Westernization is a popular theme thats happening in the East. Even though people don't know it, the clothes they give away may be some that are taken to places like Africa. Hand-me-downs are popular in the U.S. but even more so in Africa. The t-shirt you give away to someone might end up across the world. Who knows.

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Elephant tusks illegally poached

Elephant tusks illegally poached | Chris' Regional Geography | photo: Philippines gather poached elephant tusks to be destroyed to curb illegal ivory trade and killing elephants


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June 21, 2013: Workers arrange stockpiled ivory tusks set to be destroyed in Quezon City, Philippines, on June 21. At least five tons of smuggled elephant tusks were destroyed at the Philippine parks and wildlife grounds to raise awareness of the intensified effort to curb wildlife poaching. The Philippines is one of eight countries of priority and concern in the illegal ivory trade, particularly because of the nation's role as a trade route and transit country for elephant tusks originating from Kenya, Uganda and Zambia. ...less (

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