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Africa Wages War on Scourge of Plastic Bags

by Pat Coate | August 22, 2007
"We are very much encouraged by what is happening, but there is a long way to go still."
- Desta Mebratu, UN environmental official

Nairobi, Kenya - They've become as much a symbol of Africa's landscape as the stereotypical lions and plains ... Discarded plastic bags -- in the billions -- flutter from thorn-bushes across the continent, and clog up cities from Cape Town to Casablanca.

Rwanda and Eritrea have already banned the bags outright, the United Nations says.

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