Boureima Hama

Malian refugees see future in Niger

The world’s poorest country is nevertheless host to 61 000 Malians who fled jihadist attacks

Niger capital’s ‘green lung’ faces suffocation

The "green belt" of trees surrounding Niger's capital, which was created to stop the advance of the Sahara desert, is dying a slow death.

Big turnout urged as Niger votes for new leader

Niger's junta leader called on voters to turn out massively Monday to close the door on military rule by electing a new, civilian president.

Africa’s biggest film festival opens in Ouagadougou

Africa's biggest film festival opens on Saturday in the capital of Burkina Faso hoping for a revival of the continent's ailing cinema industry. The Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, or Fespaco, which runs from February 24 to March 3, is a two-yearly event gathering more than 3 000 film types from across the continent.

Niger’s children may never recover from hunger

Three children played happily on Thursday in the courtyard of an orphanage in the southern Niger town of Maradi. Only a month ago, the three were at death's door as a result of severe malnutrition. But while they appear to have fully recovered, doctors warned that many other children might be affected for the rest of their lives.

‘When I had finished, they didn’t even bleed’

The arrest this week of a 63-year-old woman in Burkina Faso accused of circumcising 16 young girls has brought home to many that genital mutilation is still widespread in the West African state, despite being outlawed. She sliced off parts of the girls' genitalia under driving rain ''in the backyard, where they usually kill chickens''.

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