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Failed by Logging Companies, Communities Turn to Forest Ownership

It is close to midday in Zubah Town, Gbarngay Clan in the Bokomu District of Gbarpolu County.

Watta Nagbe sits under a thatched hut cooking cassava leaf. A bamboo drier hangs from the hut’s blackened attic her kitchen on top of a hearth.

She stirs and stirs again, and at the same time gives instructions to a few men building a hut nearby. The men pay keen attention to her.

Nagbe is well-known here. Zubah Town is right on a major route connecting neighboring towns and villages.

Her father founded the village many years ago. But she is better known for her resistance to a logging company when it operated here a few years back.

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