Nearly 800 kilometers (497 miles) from Libreville, Gabon, Pygmy people in Malondo town say they are victims of discrimination, and the community is being deprived of basic social services.
A few decades ago, humpback whales were endangered, with only 10,000 of them left. But a global push for better protection has meant that whale watching, not whale hunting, is now a thriving industry. Every summer, the mammals travel to the warm swallow waters of the Gulf of Guinea and Madagascar to mate and give birth, before restarting their odyssey back to the Antarctic with their offspring. Our France 2 colleagues report from Gabon, with FRANCE 24's Camile Nedelec.
If sea levels continue to rise, scientists say cities around the world are at risk of disappearing underwater by 2050. One of them is Gabon's economic hub, Port-Gentil. A possible solution to the rising seas is to move the city away from the coast. But relocating Port-Gentil would mean moving over 100,000 people, an outcome that residents want to avoid at all costs.
Puddles of oil in the forests, polluted lagoons, crabs covered in oil: with photos and videos, activists have been denouncing recurrent pollution in western Gabon. In three years, they have recorded ten polluted sites in the Etimboué region, all of them located near the oil fields belonging to the Franco-British company, Perenco. Perenco's speciality is operating low-cost, end-of-life oil fields. But according to activists, its infrastructure is dilapidated and is causing serious damage to the environment. The France 24 Observers investigated in this special episode.
8 Jul 2022
The Commonwealth has admitted Gabon and Togo as its 55th and 56th members respectively. Both countries are former French colonies.
10 Feb 2022
More than a hundred jihadists surrender to the Nigerian army. Also, as the excitement of the Africa Cup of Nations winds down in Cameroon, Gabon is left with abandoned stadiums from its own tournament in 2017. And a 92-year-old Malawian singer becomes a TikTok sensation, which leads him to celebrating his birthday with the president.
18 Dec 2021
Leading Gabon football coach accused of raping young players, president demands probe. A former coach for Gabon's under-17 football team, Patrick Assoumou Eyi, sexually abused young players in his care, according to a report on Thursday in British daily The Guardian.
17 Sep 2021
In this edition, hundreds of Gabonese peacekeepers are being withdrawn from CAR following the latest sex abuse allegations. Gabon says that the most recent accusation is exceptionally serious. Also, dozens of civic groups in Uganda have been suspended. Many human rights workers say it is part of a pattern of repression. And, South Africa’s largest rhino breeder is pushing to sell horns he trims legally off his animals to keep poachers at bay.
8 Jul 2021
Dozens of children live and work in sweltering heat in the Mindoube landfill in the Gabonese capital Libreville, searching for copper or aluminium items they can then resell. In Gabon, one of Africa's largest oil producers and one of the richest per capita in the region, one-third of the population lived below the poverty line in 2017, says the World Bank. "There are a lot of children here who...spend all their time in the landfill," says an activist.
28 Nov 2020
The mats are falling apart, the safety ropes have snapped and the acrobatic nets are long gone. Gabon's only circus troupe -- and its only circus school -- is facing ruin. Demand for circus shows was dwindling even before the pandemic hit, a disaster that has cemented the troupe's problems.
27 Oct 2020
Since April, Gabon has been under a health state of emergency. The Central African country is facing a major economic hit as a result of Covid-19 lockdown measures and the fall in oil prices. The scars from this unprecedented crisis could remain on Port-Gentil, its oil capital, for a while. Businesses, shops, transport, tourism and other sectors in the country's economic hub are all struggling. Port Gentil has lost millions of euros over the last six months and is relying on public investment to survive. Our team reports.
30 Oct 2018
Gabon's president in Riyadh hospital for severe fatigue - government spokesman