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West African Coastal Towns Swallowed by Ocean

Rising sea levels and coastal erosion are threatening the homes and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people across West Africa. Grand-Lahou, an Ivorian tourist destination, is slowly being washed away. The waves are swallowing the coastline of Grand-Lahou’s old town, located about 100 kilometers west of Abidjan, at a pace of one to two meters a year. Eugène Koffi has spent his entire life on this shrinking patch of land between sea and lagoon, called...

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