Zohra Bensemra

Senegal's first female pro surfer draws others in her wake

Aug 27 2020

DAKAR Growing up in the coastal capital of Dakar, Khadjou Sambe never saw a Black woman surfing the Atlantic swells. As Senegal's first female professional surfer, Sambe is now inspiring the next generation to defy cultural norms and take to the waves.

Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river’s strength

Jul 09 2020

KHARTOUM At an open-air, riverbank factory where the Blue Nile and White Nile meet in Sudan, Mohamed Ahmed al Ameen and his colleagues mould thousands of bricks every day from mud deposited by summer floods.

Ebola survivors battle grief and stigma in eastern Congo

Oct 18 2019

BUTEMBO, Democratic Republic of Congo Arlette Kavugho was discharged from an Ebola ward in eastern Congo in March, but her troubles did not end there.

West Africa's historic slave sites bear witness to brutal trade

Aug 29 2019

KUNTA KINTEH ISLAND, Gambia When Gambian boat captain Abdoulie Jabang ferries visitors to Kunta Kinteh island he tells them that the waves lapping the shores of the former slave site threaten to wash history away.

Lives washed away: A mother's loss in Mozambique

Apr 10 2019

CHEIA, Mozambique Maria Jofresse cannot find her two young daughters' graves, though she helped dig them herself.  

CORRECTED-UPDATE 4-Tens of thousands of Algerians protest against Bouteflika

Mar 08 2019

ALGIERS, March 8 Tens of thousands of Algerians defied heavily deployed riot police on Friday and resumed mass protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika posing the biggest threat to his 20-year-old rule.

Forced to beg, Senegal's 'talibes' face exploitation and abuse

Feb 22 2019

SAINT-LOUIS, Senegal An eight-year-old boy fled his Koranic school in Saint-Louis, Senegal this month after he said a teacher threatened to beat him for not earning enough money begging on the street.

Attending my first haj

Aug 25 2018

MECCA, Saudi Arabia On the plain of Arafat, I stood among hundreds of thousands of people who were all trying to reach the top of Mount Mercy, whilst covering my first haj after 20 years as a photographer for Reuters.

Fish out of water: Algerian woman restaurateur makes living in a man's world

May 29 2018

BOUHAROUN, Algeria Haggling with the fishermen in the seaside village of Bouharoun for the produce she serves in her restaurant, Algerian Karima Daikhi is a woman determined to make her way in a man's world.

Last residents hold on in Tunisia's underground houses

Feb 23 2018

MATMATA, Tunisia In the arid valleys of southern Tunisia's Djebel Dahar region, people have lived for centuries in underground houses whose earthen casing provides protection against searing summer heat and winter winds.

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