American aid worker and French journalist held in the Sahel released
26 March 2023 | 5:19 pm
Jeff Woodke, an American aid worker who was held hostage by militants in Niger for more than six years, has been released, along with French journalist Olivier Dubois, who was kidnapped by militants in 2021 in neighboring Mali. Woodke and Dubois appeared together before reporters in Niger's capital Niamey on Monday.
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6 Apr 2020
On this edition, we look at how coronavirus is impacting food distribution in Africa and putting countries in the Sahel in danger of supply shortages. Also, Nigeria has been fighting fake news on social media that spreads misinformation about covid-19. Finally, ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Senegalese independence, we bring you a report on those who helped the country break away from France.
2 May 2020
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Islamist jihadis in the unstable region have killed thousands of soldiers. French President Emmanuel Macron is thought to want support for a troop drawdown amid rising numbers of French combat deaths.
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