Ghana’s young climate activists
09 May 2022 | 10:20 am
Young climate activists like Perk Pomeyie are leading the way to change attitudes to protect Ghana’s environment.
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.
We bring you the latest from the Africa Cup of Nations, where Senegal have finished top of their group, while four-time champions Ghana have crashed out of the tournament. But first, Mozambique's Defence and Security forces (FDS) say they have captured one of the leaders of the jihadist insurgency that's wreaked havoc in the region of Cabo Delgado. Also, shops were shuttered and streets barricaded in Khartoum after at least seven people were killed in protests on Monday in Sudan. And we see how Tanzania's first Netflix film "Binti" gives women a voice.
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.
Authorities have sent aid to Apiate, the town that was devastated by a massive blast on Thursday. At least 13 people were killed in that explosion, which happened when a truck carrying dynamite for a nearby mine blew up after a collision with a motorcycle. We also head to Bamako, where former Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta was laid to rest... and to Senegal, where we take a closer look on what's at stake in upcoming local elections.
Survivors recall moment truck crashed before explosion that flattened village in Ghana
Ghana is one of the last countries in the world that still has camps for "witches". Some 300 women falsely accused of witchcraft are spread across five camps nationwide. Shunned by society, they often live in dire conditions. Some people accuse a woman of witchcraft to avoid paying back a debt or when a relationship fails. Two NGOs, however, are trying to get these women rehabilitated in their former villages. Our France 2 colleagues report, with FRANCE 24's Wassim Cornet.
A female parliamentarian organized a party to feed dozens of widows in her constituency.
In a interview with FRANCE 24 at the EU-African Union summit in Brussels, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo said the French-led troop withdrawal from Mali required "new arrangements" in the regional fight against terrorism. Akufo-Addo, who is also the current chairman of West African bloc ECOWAS, demanded the departure of "foreign mercenaries" from the region and explained that negotiations are underway with the Malian junta on an election timetable. He called the junta's proposal of a four-year transition "clearly unacceptable" and said a 12-month transition period would be "an acceptable framework", while stressing that this was not official ECOWAS position.
The "Uprising of the Last Generation" group sought to block access to airports in Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich in protest of food waste in Germany.
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