Here come the harmattan winds of West Africa

Here come the harmattan winds of West Africa

They’re starting to feel the dry, dusty Saharan winds known as harmattan in West Africa, where Nigerians and neighboring Togolese say the season is in the air. The annual weather pattern is common from December to March, with blowing desert dust across Ghana or Côte d’Ivoire to the south, or…

Amnesty’s West African human rights researcher Gaetan Mootoo dies

The global human rights community was in mourning Sunday after hearing the news that Gaëtan Mootoo, a well-respected French Mauritanian researcher for Amnesty International in West Africa, has died. The 65-year-old Mootoo died at the weekend in Paris, according to Amnesty International Benin. His cause of death was not immediately…

ICIJ investigation has West African corruption in its crosshairs

The launch of a new investigative journalism series has all eyes on West Africa, where the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has partnered with reporters in 11 countries to, among other things, track down money in offshore tax havens and expose the elite clientele connected to the funds. “Leaked…

Wildlife groups say West African dolphins now critically endangered

Scientists say they now consider the Atlantic humpback dolphin, a little-known mammal that lives only on the ocean coasts of Western Africa, to be among the continent’s most endangered alongside gorillas, African wild dogs and black rhinos. An assessment released this week by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the International Union…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

World Drug Report traces trafficking across Africa

Maps of the migration routes from places like Somalia or The Gambia into Libya and other North African states illustrate some of the continent’s most pressing economic and security challenges – but there are other illicit flows often associated with them. The new World Drug Report 2017, released on Thursday,…

WHO campaign set to reach 13 nations with polio vaccination

A week-long campaign to help end polio is wrapping up in 13 African countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. More than 116 million children are receiving vaccinations in what WHO describes as one of the largest synchronized and simultaneous campaigns ever achieved on the African continent. More than 190,000…