In East Africa, Clothing Gets Political



Used clothes from the West are ubiquitous across the African continent. But leaders in several East African countries are now trying to phase out imports of foreign hand-me-downs, arguing that they stifle local textile industries.


Host Afshin Molavi talks with Simon Allison, Africa editor at the Mail & Guardian, about how the used-clothing debate throws issues around trade, aid, and globalization into sharp relief. We also look at fashion and social change in Rwanda with Kigali-based designer Matthew Rugamba.


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