Fraudstorytelling | Weekly filmtips | 12 August 2021
Title: The Trees That Bleed: How rosewood is smuggled from Senegal into Gambia
Duration: 46 minutes
Tagging: #environmentalcrime, #authorities, #investigativejournalism
The rosewood tree is one of the most trafficked species on earth. When it’s cut it bleeds a blood-red sap. Having exhausted stocks elsewhere, Chinese traders have turned to West Africa, especially southern Senegal, where trees are cut down and smuggled into neighbouring Gambia and then all the way onto China. For a year BBC Africa Eye, with Umaru Fofana, has been investigating the million-dollar trade in trafficked rosewood.
This week, the United Nations published the IPCC report of 2021, which contains devastating conclusions. Climate change has gripped the world and is undeniable. Deforestation is part of this destructive process and felling the highly wanted rosewood trees can cause a dried out forest and even ignite them entirely. BBC Africa shows with its documentary how the trade in this wood is worth a million.
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