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William Kamkwamba: How I harnessed the wind

William Kamkwamba: How I harnessed the wind

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William Kamkwamba The first windmill William Kamkwamba (born August 5, 1987) is a Malawian inventor and author. He gained fame in his country when, in 2002, he built a windmill to power a few electrical appliances in his family's house in Masitala using blue gum trees , bicycle parts, and materials collected in a local scrapyard. Will Potter: The secret US prisons you've never heard of before Father Daniel Berrigan once said that "writing about prisonersis a little like writing about the dead."I think what he meant is that we treat prisoners as ghosts.They're unseen and unheard.It's easy to simply ignore themand it's even easier when the government goes to great lengths to keep them hidden. As a journalist, I think these storiesof what people in power do when no one is watching,are precisely the stories that we need to tell.That's why I began investigatingthe most secretive and experimental prison units in the United States,for so-called "second-tier" terrorists.The government calls these units Communications Management Units or CMUs.Prisoners and guards call them "Little Guantanamo."

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Windmills: William Kamkwamba’s Electric Wind William Kamkwamba (Credit) In 2002, fourteen year old William Kamkwamba was a normal schoolboy living in anything but normal times in a country ruled by poverty, starvation and death. While his country held a strong belief in magic, William became an inventor excited by the unknown wonders of science. His country of Malawi, in Africa, was in the midst of a devastating and deadly drought that threatened the very lives of his family and fellow villagers. He was forced by his father’s lack of funds to quit school and do whatever he could to help his family survive.

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