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This week on Africa Weekly, we meet an Ivorian refugee in Spain, one of at least 53,000 migrants who have risked their lives this year making the perilous passage across the Mediterranean, no matter how rough the seas. And we take you to Uganda where legendary Japanese film Rashomon is getting a Ugandan adaptation from the capital’s Wakaliwood studios.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

Death toll from 2015 migrant shipwreck far higher

(20 Dec 2018) Nearly four years after the worst migrant shipwreck in Mediterranean history, relatives in Africa are still waiting for news of their loved ones. Two forensic detectives are on a quest to identify the hundreds of migrants killed. (Dec. 20)

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Death toll from 2015 migrant shipwreck far higher

(20 Dec 2018) Nearly four years after the worst migrant shipwreck in Mediterranean history, relatives in Africa are still waiting for news of their loved ones. Two forensic detectives are on a quest to identify the hundreds of migrants killed. (Dec. 20)

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Migrants keep crossing Strait of Gibraltar despite bad weather

30 years ago, a migrant’s body washed up on the coasts of Andalusia in southern Spain for the first time. Now, its popular beaches are regularly the scene of death and drama. So far this year, close to 53,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to Spain, with nearly 700 losing their lives. And that figure continues to rise as the arrival of seasonal bad weather fail to deter those desperate to reach Europe.

Cypriot farmers fear no-deal Brexit may hit livelihoods

Farmers on British sovereign land in Cyprus complain they’re being left in the dark over Brexit and fear they could lose vital subsidies – or even be forced to pay crippling tariffs, if Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal. Prime Minister Theresa May said last week that a protocol for the RAF Akrotiri and Dhekelia military bases on the Mediterranean island has been ‘developed’ in negotiations with Cyprus, as an annex to a wider Withdrawal Agreement between London and Brussels.

Diving through the abyss of Budapests’ hidden caves

For Laora Tuominen, the ultimate diving experience is not found off the Mediterranean coast or in a Caribbean lagoon, but hidden underneath the depths of the noisy city of Budapest. While the baths of the Hungarian capital are known throughout the world, only few venture into the labyrinth of caves that form Budapest’s thermal underworld. The never ending twists and turns of the city’s intestines have attracted thrill-seekers since the opening of an underground diving centre in 2015.

Saint-Tropez beaches hit by Mediterranean oil spill

A clean-up operation to remove pollution from South of France beaches is underway after oil leaked from ships involved in an accident in the Mediterranean earlier this month. Some 16 kilometres of coastline has been affected by the spill.

Marine oil pollution

Videographic on marine pollution. French and Italian ships raced Monday to contain a spreading oil spill after two cargo ships collided off the Mediterranean island of Corsica.VIDEOGRAPHIC

‘Jewel of Roman Empire’ faces Libya dangers

Perched on the edge of Libya’s Mediterranean coast, the ancient city of Sabratha remains an awe inspiring spectacle, the pink columns of its amphitheatre towering above turquoise waters, but the world heritage site is classed as “endangered” by UNESCO, its majestic structures pockmarked by mortar and small arms fire.

‘Jewel of Roman Empire’ faces Libya dangers

Perched on the edge of Libya’s Mediterranean coast, the ancient city of Sabratha remains an awe inspiring spectacle, the pink columns of its amphitheatre towering above turquoise waters, but the world heritage site is classed as “endangered” by UNESCO, its majestic structures pockmarked by mortar and small arms fire.