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Forgotten Countries

November 15, 2009

For centuries, colonial powers exploited the west coast of Africa. Today, the region's governments are feeble and living conditions are among the world's worst, despite billions of dollars in foreign aid. The situation poses both a local and a global threat.

Today: Sierra Leone's public health system is barely alive.

Next: Guinea-Bissau, a hub for cocaine trafficking.

Full coverage: latimes.com /africa

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