Africa select January 09

Africa select January 09

Programme highlights

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Friday 30th January

In less than two turbulent weeks, Madagascar has gone from peaceful Indian Ocean island to a cyclone-ravaged country locked in a volatile political conflict. The capital Antananarivo is now the setting for a bitter power struggle between the city's mayor and the president, Marc Ravalomanana. The BBC's Christina Corbett assesses her short time in the country during this rapid transition.

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Thursday 29th January

Along some of the streets of Kenya's coast, particularly in rural areas it is becoming all too common to meet men with swollen scrota or scrotums. Many of the afflicted men are afraid of seeking medical attention and have instead made special pouches in their trousers to hide their over sized organs. The BBC's Odhiambo Joseph has been visiting a number of Kenyan coastal towns to find out what is causing this swelling.

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Wednesday 28th January

The five-day World Economic Forum begins in the Swiss city of Davos today . The event, under the theme: Shaping the World After Crisis, brings together delegates fromall over the world. Wth a relatively fast growing economy but still highly dependent on foreign aid, Mozambique will be represented by its Prime Minister, Luisa Diogo. As Jose Tembe reports from Maputo the Mozambican government still expects the world's wealthiest countries to honour their pledges to support poor countries such as Mozambique come out of poverty.

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Tuesday 27th January

Schools are supposed to be opening in Zimbabwe today two weeks late; but they may be forced to close just as soon as they open because of teachers not be turning up. Teachers Unions in Zimbabwe have been in negotiations demanding that their salaries be paid in hard currency. They argue that due to sky-high inflation, salaries in local currency are not worth the paper they are written on. Zimbabwean Journalist Brian Hungwe reports.

Listen 2 mins 29 secs

Monday 26th January

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni today marks 23 years in power. During his tenure, Uganda has witnessed an unprecedented growth in its economy as well as the opening up of political space, though skeptics question who has benefited from this space. Hardly a day goes by without the media carrying a story of alleged corruption. Our correspondent Joshua Mmali has been asking Ugandan's to assess the government's performance.

Listen 5 mins 16 secs

Thursday 22nd January

Cameroonian Veronique Edwards went back home recently and took a drive around Bamenda with the town's second deputy Mayor Patrick Asah Ndangoh.

Listen 2 mins 53 secs

Monday 19th January

In Chad anger has been mounting over a government scheme of demolitions in the capital N'Djamena. The city's mayor says they are only knocking down houses and buildings that have been built illegally on state-owned land, but many of the residents who have lost their homes claim they possess the correct papers. Some say that they were only given a month's notice before their homes were destroyed. Celeste Hicks reports from N'djamena.

Listen 3 mins 18 secs

Friday 16th January

Migration is a big issue for Europe and the continent - with thousands of young people risking their lives as they try to reach Europe to live and work. A conference in Morocco is trying to find ways to keep young Africans on the continent. Morocco itself has to deal with the issue from several angles; millions of its citizens live abroad, and it is a transit point for sub-Saharan Africans who want to cross to Europe. James Copnall sent this report.

Listen 4 mins 21 secs

Thursday 15th January

The poignant situation of children in gaol has long worried Sierra Leoneans - and even though no one knows exactly how many they are, prison and welfare officials say there are hundreds. And when our reporter Umaru Fofana went to visit Freetown's Central Prison, he found a three year-old boy in gaol with his mother.

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Monday 12th January

It is a year since Kenya was wracked by violence as a disputed presidential election turned nasty - leading to death and displacement. There's peace now - but reconciliation is still a problem among the people of the Rift Valley - where most of the violence took place. Now the youth in the region are singing and dancing to heal the wounds. Our correspondent, Wanyama wa Chebusiri has the rest of the story.

Listen 3 mins 39 secs

Friday 9th January

In Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo, rapid population growth means more and more people are living in areas that are flooded every year during the cyclone season. As a result thousands of people are forced to leave their homes each year. But there is little dry land left to build on in the city, and most people have no alternative to living on the flood plain. Christina Corbett reports.

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Thursday 8th January

In Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, the City Council has declared war on unlicensed Khat or as they are called in Ethiopia chaat parlours. These are back rooms where boys and young men go to chew the narcotic green leaves of chaat, smoke shisha pipes and gamble. Khat or Chaat is not illegal in Ethiopia but it hasn't stopped police and local officials from raiding dens all over the city, and rooting out what they see as a dangerous source of corruption. Elizabeth Blunt reports.

Listen 2 mins 39 secs

Tuesday 6th January

It is exactly ten years since Sierra Leone's then Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebel movement led an invasion into the capital Freetown, at the height of the country's bloody civil war. Widely referred to as "J-6", the event saw the killing of thousands of people, and the rape and mutilation of hundreds more. Now, as Sierra Leoneans reflect on that fateful day, one amputee victim of the tragedy, Jabati Mambu, then 15, and a school-going teenager, shares his experiences with our correspondent in Freetown, Lansana Fofana.

Listen 3 mins 12 secs

Monday 5th January

Another election is on the cards in Africa this year. France's secretary of state for cooperation says that Guinea's military junta that seized power last month have assured him that the transition period before new elections will be shorter than first announced and that elections will be in 2009. The junta also promised to step down after that. The minister left Conakry yesterday after meeting key players in the Guinean political scene including the military rulers and political parties. Alhassan Sillah reports from Conakry.

Listen 1 min 46 secs

Friday 2nd January

Having children is meant to be a thing of joy, but for some women in Morocco it can mean rejection and a very difficult life. This is the situation faced by single mothers in Morocco. Very often women are rejected by their partners, and even their families - and some end up bringing up their children in extremely difficult circumstances. Now help is at hand. James Copnall, visited a centre for single mums in the economic capital Casablanca.

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