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Weak Laws, Lax Enforcement Dirty Nairobi's Air

Technicolor smoke pours from the chimney at the PZ Cussons cosmetics factory in Nairobi’s Baba Dogo neighborhood. “Sometimes it comes out red. Sometimes the smoke is yellow. Sometimes the smoke is green,” said resident Evan Ngare. “You don’t know what chemicals are used there.” Ngare and friends play soccer in the factory’s shadow, on a dirt field at the edge of a trash dump. He hopes soccer will be his way out of the slum. According to Ngare, when the factory’s smoke blows their...

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