An historic trial opened on January 8 for the West African nation of The Gambia. Ousman Sonko, a former high-ranking member of the dictatorship of Yahya Jammeh, is in the dock in Switzerland for a series of alleged crimes against humanity committed between 2000 and 2016. Victims of the dictatorship have high hopes for the trial.
Senegal kicked off their campaign to defend their title with a resounding 3-0 win against Gambia. Five-time champions Cameroon were held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man Guinea. And Algeria were held 1-1 by Angola.
The election of President Adama Barrow was a win for democracy in Gambia. However, the arrest of journalists and government critics has raised concerns the West African nation could become a dictatorship once more.
18 months after Jammeh was deposed, Toufah Jallow became the first woman in The Gambia to make a public accusation of rape against him, sparking marches of support and a social media outpouring of shared stories among West African women under #IAmToufah.