Nellie Peyton

Senegal architects ditch concrete for earth in revival of old techniques

May 17 2021

DAKAR Construction is booming in Dakar, where unfinished apartment blocks tower over most streets, their exposed concrete bricks a dull uniform grey. | Video

Senegalese artist Omar Ba tackles politics and the pandemic with paint

Mar 25 2021

DAKAR When Senegal erupted in violent protests this month over perceived injustice and inequality, artist Omar Ba was tackling the issues in his own way, with paint on canvas. | Video

Generation COVID: How the young are working round pandemic-hit job market

Jan 11 2021

Jan 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Adesola Akerele had just landed an internship at a television production company in London when the coronavirus hit and her dream job was gone.

Future or fantasy? Senegal questions 'Akon City'

Dec 14 2020

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Herds of cows meander across the one-lane highway that leads down Senegal's coast to Mbodiene, a farming village surrounded by scrubland where singer Akon plans to build a futuristic city.

U.N. warns child labor, trafficking on the rise in troubled Mali

Dec 01 2020

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More children have been trafficked, forced to work in gold mines and to fight as soldiers in Mali this year as conflict worsened and COVID-19 shut schools, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Communities in oil-rich Niger Delta pin hopes on Shell climate case

Dec 01 2020

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a legal case over energy giant Shell's planet-heating emissions kicked off in the Netherlands, activists said the health and livelihoods of people in Nigeria's oil-producing region would hinge on its outcome.

Nigeria convicts family of sex traffickers with rare jail sentence

Nov 17 2020

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nigeria has jailed three family members for forcing a teenager into prostitution in Russia, the country's anti-trafficking agency said on Tuesday, as officials and prosecutors hailed a rare prison sentence for human traffickers.

Senegalese youth decry illegal migration after surge in deaths at sea

Nov 13 2020

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Young people in Senegal held a national day of mourning on Friday for 140 migrants killed in a shipwreck as they headed to Europe last month, sparking debate about unemployment and migration in the West African country.

What it would take to get super-cold COVID-19 vaccine to West Africa

Nov 12 2020

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hope is rising that a new vaccine could halt the COVID-19 pandemic - for some - but lessons learnt from past vaccine programmes in West Africa suggest millions more might miss out.

Gambian survivors to speak out in film about rape under ex-president Jammeh

Nov 03 2020

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A former beauty queen who testified she was raped by Gambia's ex-president Yahya Jammeh is making a documentary to tell the stories of other women sexually abused under the former regime.

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Sudanese army faces widening opposition to takeover

KHARTOUM (Reuters) -The Sudanese army was facing widening opposition on Thursday to this week's coup, with state officials in Khartoum vowing disobedience and activists mobilising mass demonstrations planned for the weekend.