West Africa

OSCE Report Links Human Trafficking and Torture

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

The shadowy world of human trafficking is one area where such outrages still occur, with victims raped, imprisoned, held against their will and abused in a number of ways such that we can compare it to, and even consider it to be, a form of torture.

Children With Disabilities Facing Widespread Abuse in West Africa

Davinder Kumar | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK
Davinder Kumar

It is imperative that post-Millennium Development Goals, currently being negotiated, do not overlook the plight of the disabled people and children. It is time for concrete action to ensure that particularly children with disabilities have access to education, protection from violence and abuse; and opportunity to have their voices heard. This is not just a development agenda it is also a human rights issue.

A Tale of Two Worlds - Why an Ancient Tribe's Quest to Save Its Forest and Identity Is Our Problem, Too

Jane Labous | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK
Jane Labous

The reality is that this self-sufficient tribe is ill-equipped for the modern world. Bakas know nothing of contemporary monetary or agricultural systems, and tribe members have few means to buy the food, clothes, healthcare and schooling that make a modern lifestyle functional.

Children and Youth in West Africa Mobilise Against Violence

Davinder Kumar | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK
Davinder Kumar

From the arid landscape of Mali to the tropical rainforests of Cameroon, they have travelled thousands of miles and traversed 13 countries in West and Central Africa between them to find out what governments and world institutions are doing to protect children and young people from violence....

Mali: The Vital Role of Local Civil Society

Tony Cunningham | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Politics
Tony Cunningham

Mali, along with several of its neighbouring countries in the Sahel region of West Africa, remains in a state of crisis. The rebel threat has not gone away, despite their withdrawal from strategic towns, and the recent fighting has increased tensions between different ethnic groups, some of whom have been associated with the rebels' cause.

Africa's Forgotten Mammal

Mark Jones | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK
Mark Jones

Which large, grey mammal is wholly aquatic, herbivorous, weighs close to half a tonne, has a big flat tail rather like a beaver but no back legs or eyelids, is related to elephants and lives along the coast and waterways of West Africa?

Could British Intervention In Mali Be A Bad Idea?

The Huffington Post UK | Christopher York | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK

Britain's announcement confirming the deployment of 330 military personnel to assist French military intervention in Mali has been met with a noticeab...

Felicity A Morse

Child Soldiers, Torture, A Humanitarian Crisis And An 'Invisible War'

HuffingtonPost.com | Felicity A Morse | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK

As Britain prepares to send hundreds of troops to West Africa to support French forces fighting Islamists in Mali, charities and human rights groups h...

Hundreds Of British Troops Could Support France In Mali

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK

Britain is sending up to 330 military personnel to help train a West African intervention force in Mali, Downing Street has said. The move was anno...

British Aircraft Grounded En-Route To Mali

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK

A British military aircraft bound for Mali to support French efforts against insurgents allied to al-Qaeda has been grounded due to a technical fault....

Sierra Leone's Vote of Confidence

Charlie Habershon | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK
Charlie Habershon

When I looked around and observed peaceful processions, people quickly reminded me that one small spark could set everything off.

Party Politics: Election Fever Sweeps Sierra Leone and There Are Some Serious Matters to Debate

Charlie Habershon | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Politics
Charlie Habershon

Sierra Leone is at a critical point in its development. Despite some progress, Sierra Leone's recovery remains fragile and the country ranks 180 of 187 on the UNDP development index with 77% of Sierra Leone's living in poverty and 62.79% living on less than $1.25 a day.

No Child Left Behind: Reaching A Nation's Street Children

Thomas Dannatt | Posted 06.01.2013 | UK Politics
Thomas Dannatt

No one knows how many street children there are in the world. Finding out is one of the first recommendations of the recent UN study on street children to all its member states.

Worried Nigeriens Ponder: What's Next?

Terry Ally | Posted 20.10.2012 | UK
Terry Ally

In the space of 10 months, Niger has been hit by a food crisis brought on by high market prices and poor harvests, a refugee crisis triggered by conflict in neighbouring Mali, followed by a cholera outbreak and now devastating floods. It has left many in this West African state wondering when the next disaster is and what could it possibly be?

As Two Senegalese Lifeguards Head to the UK, Why Learning to Swim is the Answer to Africa's 'Hidden Catastrophe'

Jane Labous | Posted 10.09.2012 | UK
Jane Labous

In the developing world, swimming lessons aren't free or widely available or part of a standard childhood routine. Here in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa, a capital city surrounded on three sides by the sea, the majority of children grow up without learning to swim.

The Forgotten Crisis: As the Hunger Season Sets In, Burkinabés Need Not Worry About Body Image

Jane Labous | Posted 05.08.2012 | UK
Jane Labous

There are no proper words to describe the heartbreaking sight of a malnourished child. No image on TV can prepare you for the sheer lightness of their bodies, their minuscule wrists, their over-sized, slightly bulging heads; the breathtaking shock of realising that the cute baby who looks newborn is actually nearly two years old. Malnourishment is not something that enters our world very often. Ours is a place where 60 stone teenagers must be hoisted out of their homes by the local fire service because they no longer fit through their front doors. It's a place where five-year-old girls worry themselves silly about being thinner, aspiring to a 'body ideal' that's estimated to be not physically achievable by 95% of the population.

What's Your Tipping Point?

Liz Scarff | Posted 31.07.2012 | UK
Liz Scarff

I want to tell you the stories of the two strong women we met recently in Niger. But I'm finding it very difficult.

Shout of Africa

Justin Forsyth | Posted 16.06.2012 | UK
Justin Forsyth

As the clouds gathered over the small village house in the Liberian bush early on Tuesday morning where John Humphrys was preparing to co-anchor the Today programme, little could he have known that a Twitter Storm was about to rain down on his head.

Ending the Hunger Games

Matthew Frost | Posted 23.05.2012 | UK
Matthew Frost

The international community and governments need to stop treating food crises as a series of unexpected disasters. They can no longer play with people's lives or wait to act until we see starving African children on our TV screens, as if it were the televised Hunger Games.

UK Government Money for West African Hunger Crisis is Welcome - But We All Need to Do More

Justin Forsyth | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK Politics
Justin Forsyth

The UK government has just announced an extra £5m for the food crisis in West Africa. The money will help a provide food, water and medical supplies for 115,000 people in the crisis-hit region.

Discovering the Lost Kingdoms of Africa

Dr Gus Casely-Hayford | Posted 28.05.2012 | UK Entertainment
Dr Gus Casely-Hayford

The success of the first BBC series of Lost Kingdoms of Africa surprised a lot of people. Quietly, I have to admit, that even after years of saying that there was an audience for African History on television, I was taken aback by the scale, and more particularly by the response of audiences.