Why Rwanda doesn't want your hand-me-downs

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When we donate clothes to Goodwill, we think we’re recycling and being generous at the same time. Often, our old clothes end up in Africa because that’s where Goodwill has been sending them. But now some African countries are saying, “Thanks, but no thanks.” In Rwanda, President Paul Kagame wants to ban all imports of used clothes by 2019 -- in an effort to bolster the domestic economy.


Ghana-based journalist Ismail Akwei. 
Credit: Rey Vladyc Mangouta/ El Rey Photography.