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In some parts of the world, you can bribe a police officer to do almost anything. In Zimbabwe, a nine-year old girl was infected with the HIV virus after being raped by an acquaintance. But the man convicted of this terrible crime was secretly released after bribing the police.
At Transparency International, we speak with victims of corruption like this every day.
Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa have struggled with deep corruption problems. Recent examples include violent attacks in Kenya and Nigeria that were said to be facilitated by corruption. There are almost daily media reports on major corruption scandals or on political leaders expressing their frustrations about the lack of progress against corruption. In international league tables, most African countries occupy ranks in the lower ranks of these indices, such as our own Transparency International Corruption PerceptionsIndex. But what do Africans think about the state of corruption in their own country?
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