Cameroon blames separatists for school massacre of children
27 October 2020 | 2:03 pm
In tonight's edition: Cameroon's government blames separatists for the killing of at least seven schoolchildren in its restive anglophone region. The attack has been described as a "terrorist act of unbearable cruelty and barbarity". Also, Tanzanians head to the polls on Wednesday in an election set to be a test of President John Magufuli's authoritarian style. And finally with a few days to go before Ivory Coast's tense presidential election we bring you special coverage on the candidates running for office.
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As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to impact crucial food exports, wheat prices are soaring. Many African countries rely on Ukrainian and Russian grain exports and could face a severe food crisis. But in Cameroon, entrepreneurs are coming up with alternatives to wheat, which is used to make flour. Production of bread and cakes made from local cassava and sweet potato flour is now booming. These tubers are abundant in the country but are normally used unprocessed in traditional dishes. Our correspondents report.
Thousands of children in Ukraine have been traumatized by the violence they've witnessed. DW correspondent Jan-Philipp Scholz spoke to some of the young patients in a children's psychiatric clinic in Ukrainian city of Lviv.
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