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DIENVFI00056.Environment. Fire. An unidentified woman is devastated because of a shack fire that destroyed her home on July 6, 2001, in Duncan Village, a poor township outside East London in Eastern Cape province, South Africa. Eastern Cape is the poorest province in South Africa. Shack fires are very common as the shacks are built very close to each other and people are using paraffin stoves which easily fall over and the fires spread quickly. South Africa is facing a severe backlog of housing for the poor. The ANC government promised to build 1 million houses during the first democratic election in 1994..©Per-Anders Pettersson/iAfrika Photos
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