Kifafa: The Mystery of East Africa's 'Nodding Disease'

Kifafa: The Mystery of East Africa's 'Nodding Disease'
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For the Wapogoro people, there are few worse fates than kifafa.

The tribe lives in the Mahenge highlands in deepest Tanzania: a land of rugged mountains, mist-capped forests and rare underground treasures, from fossils to glittering neon-pink gems. They have survived there in isolation for hundreds of years, quietly going about their lives and largely escaping the notice of the wider world.

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