Two decades after Senegal’s Joola disaster, families of victims still unable to grieve
24 September 2022 | 3:33 pm
In this edition we look back at a terrible shipwreck with a death toll even heavier than the Titanic. On September 26, 2002, the Joola disaster claimed at least 1,800 lives. The ferry was sailing between the Senegalese province of Casamance and the capital Dakar. In
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