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For dignity and development, East Africa curbs imports of used clothes

by Futures Centre, Nov 30
1 minute read

A group of East African countries, including Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan and Burundi, no longer want second-hand clothes. The countries are aiming for an all out ban by 2019.

In 2015, East Africa imported $151 million worth of used clothes and shoes from Western countries, many of they coming from donations to charities such as Oxfam. However, clothing just forms part of a long list of second-hand goods flooding the East African market: vehicles, hospital equipment, computers and even out of date medicines are imported from mainly Europe and the United States.

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