Artists create graffiti mural to black power in Dakar | AFP

A dozen graffiti artists in Senegal have created a mural in the heart of the capital Dakar in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Eid and the virus: Muslim world marks end to Ramadan | AFP

From the holy city of Mecca to Dakar in Senegal Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan, though with muted festivities amid the fast-spreading coronavirus.

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Senegal: worshippers gather for Eid prayers in Dakar | AFP

Worshippers gather for Eid al-Fitr prayers in Dakar, Senegal. Muslims around the world are marking a more sombre Eid al-Fitr, many under coronavirus lockdown. The festival, one of the most important in the Muslim calendar marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, is traditionally celebrated with mosque prayers, family feasts and shopping for new clothes, gifts and sweet treats. IMAGES

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Deconfinement in Dakar: Friday prayers restart as Senegal eases lockdown | AFP

Friday prayer resumes in Dakar after Senegalese President Macky Sall relaxed measures against COVID-19 by opening markets six days a week and by opening places of worship. IMAGES

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Senegal engineering students fight virus with inventions | AFP

Senegalese engineering students are throwing themselves at the West African state’s growing coronavirus problem with inventions such as automatic sanitiser dispensers and medical robots. The youngsters from a top engineering school in the capital Dakar have turned their technical skills toward easing pressure on the wards — and they are already in talks with hospitals over some of their innovations.

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Senegal: workers in Dakar rush home before strict night-time curfew | AFP

Workers take buses to rush home just in time for the night curfew in Senegal’s capital, Dakar. Senegal has recorded 1492 coronavirus cases to date, with 13 fatalities. The government has shut schools, banned travel between cities and required people to wear a mask in public transport and shops, and imposed a strict night-time curfew. IMAGES

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Money dries up from Senegal migrants in virus-hit Europe | AFP

In a suburb of Senegal’s seaside capital Dakar, Tidiane Konte clutches in his hand the “last receipt” he received from his brother in Spain. “The last time he sent us money was in February,” said the 56-year-old unemployed father, whose brother works as a farmhand in northern Spain. Since the appearance of the novel coronavirus, remittances from Senegalese migrants in Europe have dried up, cutting off a crucial supply of cash to many struggling households.

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Coronavirus forces Senegal street children from capital | AFP

Street children in Senegal’s seaside capital Dakar are flocking to a refuge north of the city, as coronavirus restrictions have made begging harder and rough-sleeping more hazardous. The arrival of COVID-19 in Senegal has made normally tolerant city dwellers become more suspicious of these street kids, whom they suspect of spreading the disease.

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Coronavirus: a fish seller’s struggle for survival in Senegal | AFP

On a usually bustling wharf in Senegal’s capital Dakar, 23 years old fishmonger Galaye Sarr asks God to lift the “curse” of the coronavirus. He and thousands of others in the developing West African country are suffering the effects of coronavirus restrictions on the country’s The lucrativelucrative fish trade.

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Turkish President Erdogan meets Senegalese counterpart in Dakar | AFP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets his Senegalese counterpart Macky Sall in Dakar as part of an Africa tour. IMAGES

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Senegalese President Macky Sall meets with French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe in Dakar | AFP

Senegalese President Macky Sall receives French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe at the presidential palace in Dakar to discuss the fight against jihadism in the Sahel. IMAGES

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A round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa weekly we head to Senegal where Dakar’s oldest diving club is tackling plastic pollution by organising ocean clean-up days. Then we head to a slum in Nairobi, where dry toilets are not only improving sanitary conditions, but their contents are being recycled and used organic fertiliser.

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Stunning Senegal baobab forest being swallowed by mining | AFP

One hour’s drive from Senegal’s capital Dakar, demand for cement is turning a protected baobab forest into a lifeless moonscape of open mines, dust clouds and lorry traffic.

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Dakar divers fight to clear Senegal’s plastic tide | AFP

For the many people who enjoy a casual swim or deep-sea dive off the Senegalese coast, plastic pollution is an increasingly worrying issue. Dakar’s oldest diving club has decided to do something about it, by organising ocean clean-up days. REPORTAGE

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Lonely battle: Senegal restaurateur fights the plastic tide | AFP

Babacar Thiaw launched an initiative to open Dakar’s first “zero plastic” restaurant when he opened his eyes to the rubbish strewn along the beaches of the Senegalese capital. Today in his 30s, Thiaw studied for a master’s degree in management, but he felt powerless to act as he saw beaches where he played as a child turned into open trash heaps.

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Students ‘humiliated’ after Catholic school in Dakar refuses to admit veiled students | AFP

Students and parents react after a renowned Catholic school in Dakar refused to admit Muslim students wearing a headscarf to class under a new controversial regulation in the overwhelmingly Muslim country renowned for its religious tolerance. The school management did not wish to speak in front of the cameras. from students and parents

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Citizens lead the fight against waste in Senegal | AFP

On the beaches of Dakar, several volunteers collect garbage in response to a challenge launched by Senegalese President Macky Sall during his inauguration in April 2019: a “zero waste” Senegal.

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10th edition of Festigraff graffiti festival opens in Dakar

The tenth edition of the Festigraff graffiti festival opens in the Senegalese capital. Lasting for a week, the festival will feature work by graffiti artists from across Africa and Europe, as well as film screenings, concerts and debates about graffiti in Africa and beyond.

Supporters of Senegal’s Macky Sall celebrate in Dakar HQ

Supporters of Senegal’s newly re-elected President Macky Sall celebrate in his campaign headquarters and on nearby streets in Dakar. Figures released by the National Vote Counting Commission (CNRV) showed Sall won Sunday’s first round outright, picking up 58.27 percent of the vote.

Campaigning starts ahead of presidential election in Senegal

Senegal’s presidential election campaign gets underway ahead of the February 24 poll which will see President Macky Sall face off against four rival candidates. Rising opposition MP Ousmane Sonko begins his campaign on the streets of Dakar. IMAGES of Ousmane Sonko in Dakar and posters of other candidates