‘Operation Barkhane’ thwarting “terrorists” in the Sahel desert

A new French military base is under construction in east-central Mali. “These border areas are obviously the places most sought after by terrorists to carry out their actions,” said General Frederic Blachon, commander of Operation Barkhane, France’s 4,500-strong anti-jihadist force which is headquartered in Chad but operates across the Sahel region.

Cameroon: 187 ex-Boko Haram fighters surrender arms

Some 187 Cameroonian former members of the Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram voluntarily return to their country from Nigeria. They were taken to the base of the Multinational Joint Task Force, set up by Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

HK businessman guilty of bribery in NYC

(5 Dec 2018) A Hong Kong businessman was convicted of bribing the presidents of Chad and Uganda to secure oil rights for a Chinese company. Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho was found guilty of seven of eight counts including conspiracy and money laundering. (Dec. 5)

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In Chad, forced marriage still a major worry for young girls

Two years on from a renowned case over the rape of a young girl, the Chadian justice system is still weak when it comes to punishing the perpetrators of violence against women. This is evidenced by the case of Hawariya, 16, who is preparing for an appeal trial on Wednesday against her husband, found not guilty of having kidnapped her.

Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we focus on Kenya’s Dadaab refugees whose life at the camp is as precarious as ever 8 years after fleeing their native Somalia, we travel to Madagascar where mangrove trees are being decimated for their versatile wood, and we take you to South Africa where black rhinos are being transferred to Chad as part of an ambitious re-population project. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY