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RFI goes behind-the-scenes of one of the week's major stories.




DRC conflict sees thousands of refugees flee to Uganda

Thousands of refugees from Ituri Province in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo are fleeing to neighbouring Uganda, as an ongoing conflict between Hema and Lendu ethnic groups continues to spread. Over forty thousand refugees have taken the dangerous journey by boat across Lake Albert to safety in Uganda since the beginning of the year. Grainne Harrington reports from western Uganda.


Fusing traditional with conventional medicine in the Gambia

Traditional medicine still plays an important role in Gambian healthcare. In the villages, the 'marabouts' or traditional healers, who are capable of healing what ails a person are often preferred over a conventional hospital. These healers sometimes overvalue their competences with former president Yahya Jammeh, for example, claiming in the past that he could cure AIDS with plants. Hundreds of Gambians followed his treatment, and many died. To avoid these excesse, but without losing the...


Health in the Gambia plagued by poor conditions

According to a study released in January by the medical journal The Lancet, a patient going through surgery in Africa is twice as likely to die following the operation than elsewhere in the world. The reason, the report says is becuase of minimal follow-up appointments after surgery,the poor state of the equipment, and a lack of competent doctors. The study includes The Gambia, and its main hospital, the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul. In this hospital, around 200 000...


The Gambia offers conventional reponse to mental health problems

Psychiatry remains a under developed area of health across most of West Africa. In the Gambia, there is only one psychiatric hospital for the whole country, which means around 100 beds for two million inhabitants. The first hospital was opened in the 1960s in Banjul in a building that was previously a former jail. Conditions were poor so in 2009 the hospital was moved to outside the city to a new building financed by a Dutch NGO. Today, the workers of the Tanka-Tanka hospital try to offer...


How Riders for Health are improving the Gambia's emergency health services

In an effort to improve its emergency services, The Gambia chose to delegate the management of ambulances to an organisation called Riders for Health. The British NGO has been in charge of all the public ambulances of the country for 15 years. It operates in eight other African countries and takes care of all the logistics as well as the trianing of the drivers. Even still, between the quality of the roads and the driving habits of the locals there still remains many challenges to...


Erdogan starts five day visit of Africa

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan starts a five day visit of North and West Africa. The tour is latest effort by Turkey to project its influence across the continent and enhance its global presence. Erdogan coming from an Islamist background is increasingly using the Islamic card in those efforts. But as Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul, Turkish aspirations could be stoking regional rivalries and even tensions.


Survivors of Sierra Leone mudslide still homeless

In Sierra Leone, six months after the deadly floods and mudslides, which killed more than 1,000 people, nothing has changed for the survivors. Those who had no family to welcome them, are still waiting to be sheltered by authorities. And some may not even benefit from any help. Maïla Mendy reports from Freetown.


Kosovo Pt5: Strange brew? Kosovo Serbs seek acceptance

When Kosovo declared independence from Serbia ten years ago, many Serbs were living in Kosovo as a minority, in a country where Albanians are the majority: the Serbs had stayed in Kosovo after the wars of the 1990s that saw Kosovo's Albanians fighting Serbia. Today the country still has several Serbian areas. In this final report from a five part series, Clea Broadhurst visits one of these areas - Gracanica, close to the capital Pristina.


Kosovo Pt4: Kosovo has Pride, but life is not easy for LGBT people

Just a few months ago (October 2017) the small Balkan country of Kosovo held its first official gay pride parade, in the capital Pristina. Life for gay and lesbian people in Kosovo still has its difficulties however, as Clea Broadhurst explores this fourth report in a five part series.


Kosovo Pt3: Integrating Kosovo's minorities

Kosovo's main minority population are the Serbs, who live alongside the majority Albanian population. When the country became independent from Serbia ten years ago, its new constitution declared that its two official languages would be Albanian and Serbian. But there are other minority groups in Kosovo - the Ashkali, Balkan Egyptians and Roma: often victims of prejudice and discrimination. As Clea Broadhurst explains in this third report from a five part series, bridges are being built to...


Kosovo Pt2: Digital entrepreneurs could solve Kosovo's recognition crisis

Since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia ten years ago, only 23 of the EU's 28 member states have recognised it. For Spain, Cyprus, Greece, Slovakia and Romania, the country simply doesn't exist. This means people in Kosovo can have difficulty travelling in Europe for business. But young entrepreneurs in Kosovo are getting around this, in part, by concentrating on digital startups, as Clea Broadhurst found out while in the capital Pristina, in this second report of a five part series.


Kosovo Pt 1: Unearthing Kosovo's 'hidden' Catholics

When Kosovo declared independence from Serbia ten years ago, it was as a secular state with no official state religion. Most of the two million people in Kosovo are Muslim, a legacy of Kosovo's time as part of the Ottoman empire. But the country also has a long tradition of Catholicism albeit 'hidden', forced underground under the Ottomans. Today, though, a tiny number of those so-called "hidden Catholics" are beginning to surface. In the first of a five part series, Clea Broadhurst goes...


Liberia looks for ways to make rubber prices bounce

In Liberia, former football star George Weah is beginning his third day in office after being sworn in as president on Monday. People are waiting to see how he plans to drive the country’s economy. Rubber is a key commodity for Liberia, but a slump in world prices has made life difficult for farmers. Correspondent Lucinda Rouse went on the trail of farmers to learn about a new type of rubber processing that could be the answer.


Businesses driving innovation in Liberia’s agricultural sector

George Weah is beginning his first week as President of Liberia after being sworn into office on Monday 22 January. With sky high unemployment and poverty rates, he has a busy time ahead to deliver the change his voters are expecting. Agriculture is considered a key sector to create jobs and help turn the country around. Correspondent Lucinda Rouse spoke to two entrepreneurs bringing innovative ways to modernise Liberia’s agriculture.


Back to George Weah's hometown

George Weah is the most successful African footballer in history and will be sworn in as Liberia’s next president on 22 January. But his beginnings were humble. Correspondent Lucinda Rouse visited the Monrovia slum where Weah was brought up. She met people who knew him before he was famous.


Jewel Howard Taylor: From first lady to vice president of Liberia

Liberia will have a new government on 22 January as President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf hands over to George Weah. But this doesn’t put an end to seeing powerful women in Liberian politics. Correspondent Lucinda Rouse spoke to the vice president-elect Jewel Howard Taylor and attended an appreciation event organised for her in Monrovia’s New Kru Town.


Falling in love is no reason to kill, India's top court rules

India’s top court has ruled couples cannot be killed for falling in love. It warned, judges will rule if the government failed to outlaw murders in the name of honor or religion. India reported a 800-percent jump in such killings one year after rightwing Hindus came to power in 2014. Judges will hear today instances of public lynching. Our correspondent Vikram Roy reports on the court’s eagerness to stop such attacks.


Getting married in Senegal Layene-style!

Once a year members of the Muslim Layene community in Senegal organise a collective wedding presided over by the religious leader. The cost of getting married is dramatically reduced - with couples spending just a symbolic €20 for the dowry. Afterwards, families may hold a small celebration amongst themselves. It’s a contrast to traditional weddings in Senegal that can be a financial burden for families who save for years to be able to host hundreds of guests and family members. Emmanuelle...


Cameroon's well-intentioned plastics ban not being implemented

In April 2014, the government of Cameroon placed a ban on the importation, production and sale of non-biodegradable plastics.Close to four years later, the government seems to be unable to implement it. The banned products are still - very much in circulation - despite incessant sensitisation and repressive measures by the government. But locals in Bamenda say sustainable alternatives as promised by government are not available.Tebeck Alphonse has this report from Bamenda.


Turkey, US relations may get worse

Turkey’s strained relationship with the US has taken a turn for the worse, following a New York court's decision last week to convict a Turkish banker over a massive plot to help Iran evade American sanctions. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says it's a conspiracy to remove him from power. With Erdogan also threatening military action against a key US ally in Syria, relations between the two NATO members could deteriorate further, as Ankara searches for alternative allies. Dorian...


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