FREETOWN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Umu Bangura was 16 when she got pregnant by a man who gave her money and told her he loved her, but soon after disappeared - a crisis faced by many young mothers in the West African nation, which has one of the world's highest adolescent birth rates.
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Djalika wants to divorce her abusive husband. Her best friend Dior escaped a forced marriage and moved to the city, and her colleague Mareme is brazenly having fun with a married man.
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of thousands of people in Senegal and Mauritania are at risk of going hungry in the coming year because not enough grass has grown to feed the region's cattle, analysts said on Friday.
MASUMBIRI, Sierra Leone (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When the Chinese gold miners came to Masumbiri town in northern Sierra Leone, everyone lined up for jobs.
FREETOWN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Half the year, Iyatunde Kamara worries torrential rains will wash her house off its hillside and into the rivers of waste that flow through Sierra Leone's capital Freetown.
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ebola's spread to a new part of Democratic Republic of Congo is a disturbing sign that health workers are failing to keep track of high-risk people on the move, aid agencies said on Friday.
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of children forced to join armed groups in Mali has doubled since last year amid worsening jihadist and ethnic violence, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Central African Republic may be getting safer, according to new figures from the United Nations that show a sharp drop in the number of attacks and human rights abuses since last year.
THAWUYA, Sierra Leone, August 08 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Salimatu Kanu trained for four years at the shrine in her Sierra Leonean village to become a "sowei" - women who initiate girls into adulthood through female genital mutilation (FGM).
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Doctor Marie-Claire Kolie knew Ebola only as a mysterious disease from medical school textbooks when it hit her home country of Guinea in 2014.