Freelance journalist
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Why do so many Africans drown?

 NPR: "Why Do So Many Africans Drown?

NPR: "Why Do So Many Africans Drown?"

Peter Ssali makes his living on Lake Victoria. Most days he fishes on Africa's largest lake. Sometimes he ferries cargo to the lake's islands or gives tours to sightseers on the small boat he leases for around $5 a day.

The 34-year-old Ugandan with a scruffy beard and shaved head has been on the lake pretty much every day for the last 12 years.

But he can't swim...