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#ThrowbackThursday In Honor of the Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Premiere

For years, Star Wars enthusiasts have ventured to the BLM’s Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area to visit the filming location of the opening scenes of Return of the Jedi.  The Imperial Sand Dunes are the largest dune mass in California.  Formed by windblown sands of ancient Lake Cahuilla, the dunes create an out-of-this-world landscape ideal for Hollywood film backdrops and are known as an off-roading mecca.

Other movie titles filmed in the Imperial Sand Dunes include: Road to Zanzibar, Scorpion King, and Flight of the Phoenix.  The sand dunes also have made their appearance in multiple commercials and music videos.

Story by Michelle Puckett, BLM California

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Could a 12-step program, with its Christian roots, help addicts recover on a conservative Muslim island in the Indian Ocean?

Suleiman Mauly was desperate to find out. He’d been using heroin in his native Zanzibar since age 17. The island nation is a key stop for heroin smuggled from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Europe. An estimated 7 percent of the 1 million inhabitants are heroin addicts.

Mauly had tried to get clean a couple of times. It didn’t work. Then he discovered a 12-step program in Mombasa, Kenya.

It’s Been A Hard 12-Step Road For Zanzibar’s Heroin Addicts

Photo credit: Frederica Boswell/NPR