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Video: Inside Togo’s Voodoo Fetish Market

Bryan Christy at the the fetish market in Lome, Togo. Image courtesy of National Geographic Explorer.
Bryan Christy at the the fetish market in Lome, Togo. Image courtesy of National Geographic Explorer.

“One of the unique aspects about Togo is that voodoo is real and alive,” says investigative journalist Bryan Christy in this outtake from the National Geographic Explorer show “Warlords of Ivory.”

Christy visited the fetish market in the capital city Lome as part of his investigation in Africa’s ivory trade. In the video he explains the presence of dead, dried animals on display and why.

Wildlife onside in the Lone fetish market. Image courtesy of National Geographic Explorer.
Wildlife onside in the Lome fetish market. Image courtesy of National Geographic Explorer.

He also tells about going behind the scenes with vendors and seeing live animals and wonders if there is elephant ivory among the “behind the scenes” specimens for sale.

Christy was on a groundbreaking mission to expose how the ivory trade funds some of Africa’s most notorious militias and terrorist groups. Working with one of the world’s top taxidermists, he concealed a sophisticated GPS tracker inside an incredibly realistic faux ivory tusk and dropped it in the heart of ivory poaching country and monitored its movements to track down the kingpins of the ivory trade.

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