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This week on Africa Weekly we head to Johannesburg where orphanages are overwhelmed by the number of babies abandoned each year. Many are simply left in the streets, but a few arrive on the doorstep of the Door of Hope. Then we meet Joy – one of over 14,000 Nigerians who fled for a life in Europe but has since returned to her home country…this time with a baby – the result of being raped during her time away.

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Nigerian women struggle to raise children born of Libya rape | AFP

Joy is one of the over 14,000 Nigerians who have flown back on chartered planes from Libya under a scheme run by the International Organization for Migration since 2017. Around a third of these are women. In some cases, they travel back home with children born as the result of rape during their time trying to reach Europe.

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Boko Haram: 10 years of conflict and still no respite for the displaced Nigerians | AFP

In Nigeria, attacks by the militant Islamist movement Boko Haram have forced millions to flee their homes. The continuous stream of displaced people fill the camps and the slums of Maiduguri – an unstable situation that has already dragged on for a decade.

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Boko Haram: 10 years of conflict and still no respite for the displaced Nigerians | AFP

In Nigeria, attacks by the militant Islamist movement Boko Haram have forced millions to flee their homes. The continuous stream of displaced people fill the camps and the slums of Maiduguri – an unstable situation that has already dragged on for a decade. A VOICED AFPTV REPORT.

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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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Nigeria election: vote collation process ongoing

The official collation of votes starts at the International Conference Centre in Abuja. This comes after Nigerians across the country cast their ballots to elect their next President. A total of 72.7 million people with voter identity cards were eligible to cast their ballot in Saturday’s polls.

Nigerians start arriving at polling stations on election day

Nigerians in Yola arrive at polling stations early on election day. They are turning out to vote for a new president after a week-long delay that has raised political tempers, sparked conspiracy claims and stoked fears of violence. The two frontrunners are incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, 76, and former vice president Atiku Abubakar, 72. IMAGES of Nigerians arriving at a polling station