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Lesotho takes tourism plunge


A day at the races? Abseiling down a waterfall? These are among the attractions residents hope will lure tourists to Lesotho.

It is struggling with drought and an HIV/AIDS crisis that is believed to have infected about a third of adults.

Its economic fortunes have waned too, especially after a new global textile deal in 2005 removed quotas supporting an industry once seen as the kingdom’s future.

With limited resources bar its and mountainous landscape — grazing for angora goats — the former British protectorate is dependent on the continent’s economic powerhouse South Africa, which entirely surrounds it.