The Comb
The Comb
BBC World Service
Combing Africa for stories about the unseen forces that bind us together and tear us apart. A single story, every week. Hosted by Kim Chakanetsa. #thecomb
African in America
The American dream? Three Africans from Botswana, Kenya and The Democratic Republic of the Congo, who are now living in the US, explain how the racial justice movement of 2020 has reshaped their identity and sense of self. Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb
Oct 29
31 min
Adopted overseas
Love, security, and a crisis of identity - the promises and the cost of international adoption. What’s it like growing up a world away from where you were born? And why are African countries turning their backs on the practice? Two women share their experiences of being adopted by foreign families. Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb
Oct 22
26 min
Women in gangs
Guns, drugs and brutal violence - What happens when women are sucked into the macho world of gangs? What draws them in, in the first place? And what happens when they leave? The world of Cape Town’s gangs through the eyes of two women. Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb
Oct 15
24 min
Darfur: Seeking justice
Does Sudan's new dawn finally mean a chance for justice? The country’s former president, Omar al-Bashir, is charged with war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Darfur. Having lost power, he’s finally facing trial. But after so long, what does it mean to the victims? Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb
Oct 8
28 min
Access denied? Travelling on an African passport
Money, time and stigma - the cost of travelling on an African passport. Your passport should be a window to the world – but if you’re from a country in Africa, visa queues, fees and expensive airline tickets mean crossing the continent can be tough. What happened to Africa’s borderless dream? And when travelling internationally, are visa denials more common for Africans? You can join The Comb's Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bbcthecomb Thanks for listening and let us know what you think. #thecomb
Oct 1
26 min
Chagos Islands: Africa’s last British colony?
Evicted from paradise. Fifty years ago, the UK forced the Chagossian people to leave their island homes, to make way for a US military base. Will they ever be allowed to return for good? This is the story of eviction, exile, and the long-running battle over the Chagos islands. Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb
Sep 24
24 min
Lesotho's murder mystery
Murder in the mountains. A feud, a former first lady dead and another on the run. How the mysterious killing of Lipolelo Thabane, Lesotho’s former first lady, transformed the country’s political landscape. Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb Get in touch: thecomb@bbc.com
Sep 17
23 min
Single women not welcome?
‘You probably have to lie that you are married and your husband had to be out of town’. Being a young, single woman can be a heavy burden when trying to find somewhere to live in Nigeria. Why do landlords keep saying ’no’? Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb Get in touch: thecomb@bbc.com
Sep 10
24 min
Easing pain
Confronting the realities of care for patients with the most severe illnesses. Palliative care focuses on relieving patients’ pain, and helping families to cope. Why is this aspect of healthcare so misunderstood? Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb Get in touch: thecomb@bbc.com
Sep 3
27 min
Racist AI
Can computers be racist? The unseen forces shaping our reality. Artificial intelligence is embedded in our lives in ways we may not even notice. With numerous examples of AI appearing ‘racist’, how can we stop building computer systems with prejudices that deepen social inequality? Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #thecomb Get in touch:thecomb@bbc.com
Aug 27
22 min
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