Henry Wilkins

In Burkina Faso, voters left voiceless amid escalating violence

Nov 20 2020

OUAGADOUGOU Djeneba Sawadogo was making a cake when she heard a noise she did not recognise - a series of sharp cracks that rang across the village of Tongomayel in northern Burkina Faso in June 2019.

Four Burkina Faso ministers have coronavirus as cases rise to 64

Mar 21 2020

OUAGADOUGOU Four government ministers in Burkina Faso have tested positive for the coronavirus, a government spokesman said on Saturday, as the number of reported cases rose to 64 from 40, the highest in West Africa.

Driving trucks, blasting rocks - Women break the mold at Burkina Faso gold mines

Mar 04 2020

HOUNDE, Burkina Faso Tene Konate takes pride in telling incredulous relatives about her job driving a 72-tonne dump truck around the vast open pit at the Hounde gold mine in western Burkina Faso. | Video

African startups bet on blockchain to tackle land fraud

Feb 16 2018

NAIROBI/ACCRA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On a recent Saturday afternoon, Joseph Njuguna received a worrying call. Without his permission, someone was excavating a small piece of land he had bought six years ago.

Togo security forces clash with protesters in north, boy killed

Sep 20 2017

LOME Security forces in Togo used batons, tear gas and live bullets against protesters seeking an end to President Faure Gnassingbe's rule on Wednesday and a child was killed in the ensuing clashes, according to Amnesty International.

Life after the caliphate: Boko Haram's Nigerian former stronghold now a safe haven

Dec 15 2016

BAMA, Nigeria (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the northern Nigerian town of Bama the streets are eerily quiet. Houses lie empty, riddled with bullet holes, and symbols of the jihadist group Boko Haram are painted on the walls.

Hunger gnaws at host families in Boko Haram-hit northeast Nigeria

Dec 13 2016

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Boko Haram militants stormed Kaka Mohammed's hometown of Bama in northeast Nigeria two years ago and kidnapped one of her sons, she escaped with her disabled daughter carried in a wheelbarrow and her other two children fleeing on foot.

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