Madagascar celebrates anniversary of independence and remembers wounds of past | AFP

Madagascar marks the 60th anniversary of its independence from France this year. The island off the East African coast was among the first to revolt against colonial masters in 1947. Freedom only came 13 years later. And the memory of those times lingers among young and old. N°1TY5HKN°1TY84F

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Madagascar celebrates anniversary of independence and remembers wounds of past | AFP

Madagascar marks the 60th anniversary of its independence from France this year. The island off the East African coast was among the first to revolt against colonial masters in 1947. Freedom only came 13 years later. And the memory of those times lingers among young and old. N°1TY5HKN°1TY84F

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Statue of French colonial general Gallieni vandalised in Paris | AFP

A statue of French general Joseph Gallieni is spray-painted with the words “Responsible State” and “In a Museum” as protesters in several countries continue to question the existence of colonial symbols in public spaces. General Gallieni, a colonial administrator, played a central role in the expansion of the French Empire with particularly brutal methods. He is notably at the origin of the Menalamba massacre in Madagascar, which resulted in maintaining slavery on the island. IMAGES

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Madagascar anti-lockdown protests flare after alleged police violence | AFP

Scuffles broke out between Madagascar police and protesters on Wednesday as citizens took to the streets in the eastern town of Toamasina to denounce anti-coronavirus lockdown measures. Tensions flared after a police officer allegedly beat a street vendor accused of breaching an afternoon ban on commercial activities, according to an AFP reporter at the scene.

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Guinea-Bissau receives controversial drink from Madagascar | AFP

A shipment of a herbal tea, that Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina has touted as a ‘powerful remedy’ against the novel coronavirus, arrives in Guinea-Bissau. The World Health Organization has said that the herbal tea’s effects had not been tested, and there are no published scientific studies of the potion.

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Guinea-Bissau receives anti-virus potion from Madagascar | AFP

A shipment of a Malagasy herbal tea, that President Andry Rajoelina has touted as a powerful remedy against the novel coronavirus and hopes to distribute across West Africa and beyond, arrives in Guinea-Bissau. Baptised Covid-Organics, the drink is derived from artemisia — a plant with proven efficacy in malaria treatment — and other indigenous herbs.

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Africa’s coronavirus lockdown: to ease the rules or soldier on | AFP

As Africa navigates the best way forward through the coronavirus pandemic, some nations like South Africa and Nigeria are easing lockdown restrictions while others like Madagascar are ramping up pressure on residents to follow the rules.

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Madagascar school pupils drink president’s purported COVID-19 remedy tea | AFP

In a school in Antananarivo, Malagasy authorities distribute their new COVID-19 “remedy” to pupils, a herbal tea called Covid Organics. This drink, developed by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research, is derived from artemisia, a plant with proven efficacy against malaria. However, the effectiveness of the infusion against COVID-19 has not been the subject of any published scientific study.

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Long queues for virus tea ‘cure’ in Madagascar | AFP

As confinement measures are gradually relaxed in Madasgacar, a traditional remedy endorsed by president Andry Rajoelina is being handed out for free to residents as a purported cure for the coronavirus. But the claims are contrary to warnings from scientists, who say there is no known cure for COVID-19.

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Coronavirus: masks, traditional remedies boom in Madagascar markets | AFP

Despite the lockdown imposed by the president of Madagascar, shoppers throng the market streets up to the decreed midday closing time. In the markets of Antananarivo, sellers of masks as well as traditional remedies derived from lemons, ginger and medicinal plants are increasingly present.

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Torrential rain triggers flooding in Madagascar | AFP

At least 26 people have died in Madagascar after almost a week of heavy rain in the north-west of the island, the government said on Friday. The tropical Indian Ocean nation is in the midst of an intense six-month rainy season that often results in casualties and widespread damage.

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A roundup of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, we head to Madagascar where anger is building over plans to relocate part of Madagascar’s choked capital to emerald-green farmland. Then we go to Nigeria where the UN has announced an epidemic of substance abusers, who have very little – if any – access to treatment.

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Madagascar paddy farmers rise up against ‘new city’ | AFP

Anger is boiling over in the hills surrounding Antananarivo over plans to relocate part of Madagascar’s choked capital to emerald-green farmland. Hundreds of farmers in Ambohitrimanjaka village are facing off with the authorities over a presidential scheme that threatens to engulf a thousand hectares (2,500 acres) of rice fields.

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In the dark: Electricity a ‘luxury’ in poor Madagascar | AFP

According to the World Bank, Madagascar ranks 184th out of 190 countries in terms of access to electricity. Electrical installations are beyond dilapidated and theft of electricity is rife. Electricity has become a luxury for the few.

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Africa Weekly: Nobel Prize for Abiy Ahmed and electricity in Madagascar | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, pride in Ethiopia, as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. We take a look at his first year and a half in office. We also head to Madagascar, where access to electricity is increasingly proving a luxury for the few who can afford it.

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Africa Weekly: Khat addiction in Ethiopia and Madagascar’s new churches | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we head to Ethiopia where a detox centre has been set up to help addicts of khat – a plant whose leaves give users a stimulating effect when chewed. Then we visit Madagascar, where an increasing number of people are flocking to evangelical churches, much to the concern of Catholic leaders.

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Pope arrives in Mauritius for the last stop of his recent Africa tour | AFP

Pope Francis was welcomed by Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth on the runway as his plane landed in Port Louis. He will spend the day there as part of a visit to Indian Ocean countries before flying back to Madagascar and then on to Italy. IMAGES

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Pope Francis receives rapturous welcome at the Akamasoa charity | AFP

Pope Francis is welcomed to the Akamasoa charity association by Father Pedro, an Argentinian priest who has lived in Madagascar for over 40 years and is a beloved Catholic figure in Antananarivo. IMAGES

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City of hope rises from Madagascar garbage site | AFP

Father Pedro, an Argentinian priest who has lived in Madagascar for over 40 years, is a beloved Catholic figure in Antananarivo. His association, Akamasoa, has constructed a town on a rubbish dump, making it a sanctuary, and built dozens of schools in neglected villages, providing education for children.

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Madagascar: Pope arrives to deliver mass to vast crowd | AFP

Pope Francis arrives in Soa Mandrakizay diocesan field in Antananarivo to deliver mass to a crowd of thousands of Malagasy catholics. The pontiff visited Mozambique earlier in the week and is also due to travel to the island of Mauritius.

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Madagascar: Pope Francis arrives to deliver mass to vast crowd | AFP

Pope Francis arrives in Soa Mandrakizay diocesan field in Antananarivo to deliver mass to a crowd of thousands of Malagasy catholics. The pontiff visited Mozambique earlier in the week and is also due to travel to the island of Mauritius. IMAGES

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Poverty, strife-hit Madagascar welcomes Pope Francis | AFP

Pope Francis arrives at Iavoloha Palace, the official residence of the President of Madagascar, as the pontiff carries out the middle leg of a tour of Mozambique, Madaagascar and Mauritius.

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Pope Francis arrives in Antananarivo for Madagascar visit | AFP

Pope Francis arrives at the airport in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, for the second leg of his three-nation African tour. He was met at the airport by Malagasy President Andry Rajoelina. IMAGES

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Preparations underway in Madagascar ahead of Pope Francis’ visit | AFP

Volunteers clean the streets and churches of Antananarivo ahead of the much-awaited visit of Pope Francis to the Malagasy capital. The head of the Catholic church will visit Madagascar as part of a week-long tour across three Indian Ocean African countries.

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