Fighting for Ghana’s widows
12 February 2022 | 6:30 pm
A female parliamentarian organized a party to feed dozens of widows in her constituency.
Each week, Ghana receives 15 million items of used clothing sent from the West. But 40% of the products get discarded due to poor quality. They end up at landfills and in bodies of water, polluting entire ecosystems.
Shortage of incubators at major hospital facilities across Ghana are affecting the management of preterm babies. In some facilities, like the Tamale Teaching Hospital, three babies have to share one incubator. In the past, parents often hid their preterm babies, but they are now coming to the hospitals for treatment.
Rice is a major priority crop in West Africa. Nearly 16 million tons are consumed annually. The region wants to become independent of rice imports, but many farmers lack the right tools to achieve that goal.
Morocco finish top of Group C after coming back twice from behind to tie with Gabon 2-2. Meanwhile, four-time champions Ghana are knocked out by newcomers Comoros 3-2. In Group B, Senegal stay on top despite a disappointing 0-0 draw with Malawi. Plus, already-eliminated Zimbabwe go out with a victory against Guinea, who nevertheless move on to the knockout stage. Alison Sargent is joined by James Vasina and Sports Editor Simon Harding from Cameroon to discuss all the action.
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In Ghana, second-hand clothes once worn by Westerners are polluting ecosystems and causing significant public health problems. Every day, 160 tonnes of clothes arrive in the country: garments that were donated to charities in Europe or the US and are sent to Africa by recycling companies. An entire economy is based on the reselling of these old clothes, but few are in a fit state to be sold on. In the capital Accra, these unsellable garments form a huge textile mountain on the edge of the Atlantic. Residents regularly burn it, exposing locals to harmful fumes. Our France 2 colleagues report, with FRANCE 24's Camille Nedelec.
An unknown number of people are killed in Ghana in a huge explosion that razed hundreds of buildings to the ground. The blast was caused by a truck carrying explosives which collided with a motorcycle. Also, at least 29 people in Liberia, including 11 children and a pregnant woman, have died in a stampede of worshippers at a Christian ceremony in Monrovia. And the big upset of the day at the Africa Cup of Nations saw Ivory Coast cruise past defending champions Algeria 3-1 to send them crashing out of the tournament.
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Survivors recall moment truck crashed before explosion that flattened village in Ghana
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