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Forgotten Countries

November 16, 2009

For decades, 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.

Sunday: Sierra Leone's public health crisis.

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

latimes.com /africa

Part 1 of this series and more photos are online.

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