Africa Weekly 14/02/2020 | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, we go to Zamfara in northwestern Nigeria, where local citizens in defence militias have reached a peace deal to end decades of conflict. Then, we head to Ethiopia, where the government’s efforts are failing to create jobs and prop up the manufacturing sector. We also take a look at the headlines from around the continent this week.

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Gold miners face dangerous life in Nigeria’s ‘bandit’ country | AFP

Last April the Nigerian government attempted to introduce a ban on mining in the northwest of the county in a bid to curb conflict over natural resources. But in the state of Zamfara, where gold mining is one of the only viable livelihoods for the locals, many mines continue to operate, despite the lack of safety measures, the risk of lead poisoning and the constant threat of armed groups. N°1NQ07WN°1OJ9CG

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Peace talks bring fragile truce in Nigeria ‘bandit’ conflict | AFP

In Zamfara, northwest Nigeria, armed groups nicknamed ‘the bandits’ and local citizens’ defence militias have been engaged in a violent conflict for decades. Now, it would appear that a peace deal has been reached. But while members on both sides are showing signs of optimism, many civilians caught in the crossfire of the conflict are still afraid to leave the displacement camps that they fled to in their thousands, wary of a return to hostilities. N°1NL5AMN°1NO0XP

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