Behind the scenes of FORBES AFRICA assignment: AFRICA’S NOTORIOUS PEST TURNED FURRY SAVIOUR – Jay Caboz

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The below shot was taken a few minutes after this shot. Taken at the Apopo training field in Angola.

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This story took eight months to complete. Angola is not the easiest location to work as a journalist, there is a lot of red tape. In the end it was worth the effort. Angola is the third most landmine ridden country in the world with estimates of between 10-20 million landmines still uncovered in the countries rural areas.

The Apopo rats story is one of Africa’s great achievements that will help save lives across the world, not just Africa.

One other interesting thing is that the rats can be trained to sniff out TB, which could drastically change the face of African disease detection.

For more on the article I wrote – follow the links below

CNBC Africa – AFRICA’S NOTORIOUS PEST TURNED FURRY SAVIOUR

CNBC Africa – TV interview

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How did I get this shot? — look below. This was an actual mine field in the village of Camatenda, Malanje in Angola. You’ll see I am wearing the full safety gear. 

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