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Senegal’s remote Bassari people talk about climate change, and how their local knowledge is key to coping strategies

Senegal’s remote Bassari people talk about climate change, and how their local knowledge is key to coping strategies

THE Bassari people, a farming community of about 20,000 people, live in an area between Senegal and Guinea. During French colonial rule, the Bassari lost part of their communal land to a national park and were subjected to poll taxes and forced labour. Senegal achieved independence in 1960 and in 2012 the Bassari area was declared a world heritage site, a change that bolstered small-scale tourism. Today, the Bassari peoples’ main livelihood comes from rainfed smallholder farming, supplemented by activities such as petty trade, crafts, wage labour, artisanal gold mining, and gathering honey and wild edible plants. They have limited…
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Strike paralyses Guinea’s capital, vital mining sector

Strike paralyses Guinea’s capital, vital mining sector

WORKERS started a national strike in Guinea, shutting businesses and disrupting operations across the mining sector as they demanded higher wages, the lifting of web restrictions and the release of a detained trade union leader. Streets were largely empty, banks closed and normally bustling markets deserted in the West African country's capital Conakry. Security forces were deployed at major road junctions. There was no immediate comment from the government which was set up by a military junta that seized power in a 2021 coup. It has quashed recurring anti-government protests, sometimes violently, in the last few years. A senior official of…
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Ivory Coast seizes 100 tons of cocoa at the border with Guinea

Ivory Coast seizes 100 tons of cocoa at the border with Guinea

IVORY Coast's Coffee and Cocoa Council (CCC) has helped the national police to seize three trucks loaded with 1,500 bags of cocoa beans on the border with Guinea, the regulator's managing director said. Low farmgate prices compared with neighbouring countries have made the West African nation, the world's top producer of the main ingredient in chocolate, a target for smugglers from neighbouring Liberia and Guinea where beans fetch higher prices. A kilogram of cocoa currently costs between 1,600 CFA francs and 1,700 CFA francs ($2.63-$2.80) in Guinea and Liberia due to the rise in global prices, according to cooperatives and…
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Billionaire Friedland’s HPX signs pact for Guinea-Liberia rail link

Billionaire Friedland’s HPX signs pact for Guinea-Liberia rail link

U.S. firm High Power Exploration Inc (HPX), founded by mining billionaire Robert Friedland, said that it had signed a letter of intent with Liberia's government and Guma Africa Group to develop rail and road projects linking it with Guinea. The infrastructure projects, known as the Liberty Corridor, are expected to support the West African region's connection to world markets and are estimated to cost between $3 billion to $5 billion, HPX said in a statement. Guma Africa is led by South African businessman Robert Gumede. The planned corridor will have a new heavy-duty railroad connecting the Nimba district of Guinea…
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Cameroon, Guinea share spoils in Cup of Nations draw

Cameroon, Guinea share spoils in Cup of Nations draw

CAMEROON came from behind to share the points with 10-man Guinea in a 1-1 stalemate in the first game for both teams at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Ivory Coast on Monday. Franck Magri equalised early in the second half after Guinea had taken a 10th-minute lead through Mohamed Bayo but then had captain Francois Kamano sent off. The draw at the Charles Konan Banny Stadium in the Ivorian capital followed the opening Group C game where holders Senegal easily disposed of Gambia 3-0. Cameroon were without Andre Onana in goal but he did arrive ahead of the…
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Guinea hope Guirassy injury no blow to Cup of Nations campaign

Guinea hope Guirassy injury no blow to Cup of Nations campaign

GUINEA is hoping leading striker Serhou Guirassy will be fit to compete in the Africa Cup of Nations finals despite limping off early in a friendly international against Nigeria in the United Arab Emirates. Coach Kaba Diawara said the VfB Stuttgart striker, who has netted 17 times in the Bundesliga this season and sits only behind Harry Kane in the German league’s scoring charts, would undergo treatment on Tuesday. But he thought the apparent knee injury was not too bad. "He came off to avoid any risks. We don't know how serious it is now, but it doesn't look too…
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At least nine killed in Guinea armed jail break

At least nine killed in Guinea armed jail break

AT least nine people died in gun battles after armed men stormed into a jail in Guinea's capital over the weekend and briefly freed former military ruler Moussa Dadis Camara and other detained army officers, the justice ministry said. Authorities found the bodies of three attackers, four members of the security forces and two other people, the ministry said in its first official report on Saturday morning's prison break. Six others were in hospital with gunshot wounds, it added. Troops searched houses and cars after the break-in, found former president Camara and two of the escaped officers and put them back in…
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Guinea’s escaped ex-junta leader is back in custody after “kidnapping”

Guinea’s escaped ex-junta leader is back in custody after “kidnapping”

GUINEA'S former military ruler, Moussa Dadis Camara, is back in custody, his lawyer said, denying Camara was a willing participant in an earlier armed jailbreak that he described as a kidnapping by force. Residents of the capital Conakry woke up to the sound of gunfire in the early hours of Saturday as heavily armed men sprang Camara and three other officers out of a central prison, prompting the Guinean authorities to launch a nationwide manhunt. In a post on social media on Saturday afternoon, Camara's lawyer Pepe Antoine Lamah said Camara was back in Conakry's Central House prison. He did…
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Guinea seizes 1.5 tonnes of cocaine from ship

Guinea seizes 1.5 tonnes of cocaine from ship

THE West African country of Guinea has seized around 1.5 tonnes of cocaine from a Sierra Leone-flagged ship docked at the port city of Kamsar, state television said. More than 60 bags each filled with 25 kg of cocaine were found, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement on Wednesday. All ten crew were arrested, Radio Television Guineenne added. Drug smugglers often use West African countries as transit points to ship cocaine from South America to Europe. About three tonnes of cocaine were seized in August last year from a ship anchored in Guinean waters. Thomson Reuters Foundation
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Guinea: Chinese company put workers on forced leave

Guinea: Chinese company put workers on forced leave

CHINESE-LED Winning Consortium Simandou (WCS) has put workers on forced leave with the prospect of layoffs if a dispute with Guinea's government over infrastructure for a massive iron project is not resolved, three sources told Reuters. WCS did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Guinea's mines minister on July 3 ordered all work on the Simandou project - the world's largest undeveloped iron ore deposit - to stop after WCS and Rio Tinto missed an extended deadline to agree on a joint venture with the government. That joint venture is intended to cover the rail and port infrastructure…
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