Flee or die: the cruel choice in jihad-hit Burkina Faso | AFP

Djibo, a dusty town in northern Burkina Faso, has become a byword for suffering in this impoverished country’s seven-year-old struggle with jihadism, which has forced an estimated 300,000 people to flee their homes. Among them is Boureima, head of a family of 43 people — seven men, 13 women and 23 children. They abandoned their village of Gassalpalik, 70 kilometres (44 miles) from Djibo, eventually washing up in Yagma, a village about 30 kms north of the capital Ouagadougou.

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Burkina Faso: African dolls challenge barbie stereotype | AFP

In Burkina Faso, the creators of African dolls hope that their toys will resonate more with the children of the continent than the typical blue-eyed Barbie dolls. But the uncertain security situation in Burkina Faso means that sales figures are never certain.

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Nigerians disagree over legacy of a 19th century Fulani Muslim ruler | AFP

In Sokoto, an old city in northern Nigeria, Usmane Dan Fodio’s tomb attracts pilgrims from all over West Africa. For many Muslims, this scholarly and reformist Fulani is considered a saint. In 1808, he established the Caliphate of Sokoto, an Islamic state that extended from Burkina Faso to Cameroon.

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Au Nigeria, le “fantasme” d’un nouveau jihad peul | AFP

A Sokoto, vieille cité du nord du Nigeria, le tombeau d’Ousmane Dan Fodio attire des pèlerins de toute l’Afrique de l’Ouest. Pour de nombreux musulmans, ce Peul érudit et réformiste est considéré comme un saint. En 1808, Ousmane Dan Fodio avait établi le califat de Sokoto, un Etat islamique qui s’étendait du Burkina Faso au Cameroun. SUJET

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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, we take you to Botswana where locals fear being overrun by the increasing elephant population, and we travel to Burkina Faso, where creators of African dolls hope that their toys will resonate more with the children of the continent.

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Funeral caskets of fallen French soldiers arrive at Invalides

The decorated funeral caskets of French soldiers Cédric de Pierrepont, 33, and Alain Bertoncello, 28, are carried by colleagues into the Cour d’Honneur at the Invalides national military complex in Paris. The soldiers, killed during a raid to free hostages in Burkina Faso, are honoured during a national ceremony presided over by Emmanuel Macron. IMAGES

Parisians pay tribute to troops killed in Burkina Faso raid

Parisians pay tribute to the two soldiers killed during a raid to rescue four hostages in Burkina Faso, as the funeral procession passes by the Pont Alexandre III bridge ahead of a ceremony at the Invalides led by French President Emmanuel Macron. IMAGES

Freed French hostages pay homage to soldiers killed in rescue

One of the two former French hostages released in northern Burkina Faso, Laurent Lassimouillas, pays tribute to the French soldiers killed in a rescue operation at the Presidential Palace of Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou.

Freed French hostage pays homage to soldiers killed in action

One of the two former French hostages released in northern Burkina Faso, Laurent Lassimouillas, pays tribute to the French soldiers killed in a rescue operation at the Presidential Palace of Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou. SOUNDBITE *BETTER QUALITY TO FOLLOW*