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Preventing a deadly disease and a vegetarian visits a slaughterhouse

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First broadcast:
Thursday 21 February 2013

A recent WHO report estimated that every year, around 150,000 Nigerians children are born with sickle cell anaemia. A genetic illness that mostly affects people of African or Caribbean descent, it is a painful disease that often leads to an early death. But as genetic testing has developed, more Nigerians are realising the danger posed by sickle cell and are taking steps to prevent it in their potential children. Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani met a couple who decided not to marry after their sickle-cell test.

There is barely anywhere in Europe now where horse-meat masquerading as beef has not hit the supermarket shelves - and now, the newspaper headlines. While not a major health issue, there has been an uproar in places – like Britain – where horses are pets, not food. And it has raised larger issues – exactly what are we eating, and where does it come from? The convoluted criss-crossing trade of meat across Europe has complicated the answers to those questions. Romania has denied that its abattoirs were the original suppliers of horsemeat. Our correspondent Nick Thorpe was invited to see a Romanian slaughterhouse in action.

Presented by Pascale Harter.

(Image: Man rides his horse-driven cart in front of Doly-Com meat plant in Roma village. Credit: Reuters)


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