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  1. Mass rape of Congo prisoners during riots - activists

    Emery Makumeno

    BBC News, Kinshasa

    Campaign group Human Rights Watch says the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo repeatedly ignored security warnings which preceded a prison riot last year in which inmates raped dozens of female detainees, including a teenage girl.

    About 2,000 detainees of Kasapa prison in the city of Lubumbashi rioted in September 2020, setting fire to buildings and attacking female inmates for three days.

    Several of the victims became pregnant and some contracted HIV.

    Security forces reportedly shot dead at least 20 people during the riot.

    A year on, Human Rights Watch has called for an investigation so that those responsible for the abuses are prosecuted.

    It says survivors must be given medical care and mental health support.

  2. Jihadists hack to death Mozambique family - reports

    Jose Tembe

    BBC News, Maputo

    Rwandan military troops depart for Mozambique - Kigali, Rwanda, 10 July 2021
    Image caption: About 1,000 Rwandan troops are in Mozambique to fight the insurgents

    Five members of a family have been hacked to death by suspected jihadists while making a sugar cane-based brew in a village in northern Mozambique, several local newspapers have reported, quoting military sources.

    The five lived in a camp for people displaced by the insurgency in Cabo Delgado province, and were surprised to be confronted by the suspected jihadists carrying machetes and firearms, the reports say.

    The five were not shot but they were attacked with machetes, leaving their bodies mutilated. A sixth member of the family managed to escape, the reports say.

    The attack happened on Thursday in Namaluco village, but details have emerged only now.

    Jihadists did not have a presence in the area. They are thought to have arrived there while retreating from Rwandan and Mozambican forces who have captured one of their key bases in Mocimboa da Praia district.

    The jihadists have been losing territory since a 1,000-strong Rwandan force was deployed in August to help Mozambican troops fight them.

  3. Ghanaians celebrate Michaela Coel’s historic Emmy win

    Michaela Coel at Emmy Awards
    Image caption: Michaela Coel's consent drama I May Destroy You got rave reviews

    A British actress of Ghanaian heritage has become the first black woman to win an Emmy for best writing in a limited series.

    Her hit series I May Destroy You follows main character Arabella, as she deals with the trauma of a sexual assault.

    Michaela Coel starred in, wrote and co-directed the drama.

    Ghanaian Twitter users have reacted to her win, with one writing, “Michaela Coel is ever so honest with her work. Way over due, so well deserved.”

    Another said the country was proud of her: “Wow... this is a win for Ghana too... Congratulations @MichaelaCoel ... Ghana is proud of you."

    Her win was also celebrated in the diaspora, with one person in California tweeting,“Ghana STAND UP! Michaela Coel, That’s how you do it! Well deserved, so so proud #Emmys".

    In her acceptance speech, Michaela Coel encouraged other creators to “write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn’t comfortable. I dare you”.

  4. Guinea junta briefly detains ex-minister

    Colonel Mamady Doumbouya and the other coup leaders
    Image caption: The military took over power in Guinea on 5 September

    Guinea new junta arrested a former minister on Sunday and ransacked his home before releasing him hours later.

    Armed men in uniform raided Tibou Kamara’s apartment in the capital Conakry in the morning and took him to an unidentified location. He was freed in the afternoon.

    Several items, including mobile phones, were seized.

    His arrest was confirmed by the ruling National Committee of Reconciliation and Development (CNRD) as well as his team.

    The coup leaders accused him of violating a commitment to stay neutral towards the military administration.

    Mr Kamara was the industry minister and an adviser to former President Alpha Condé, who was ousted earlier this month.

  5. Verdict due in Hotel Rwanda hero's case

    "Hotel Rwanda" hero Paul Rusesabagina in the pink inmate's uniform arrives from the Nyarugenge prison with Rwanda Correctional Service (RCS) officers at the Nyarugenge Court of Justice in Kigali, Rwanda, on September 25, 2020.
    Image caption: Paul Rusesabagina and his 20 co-accused have faced terrorism-related charges

    A court in Rwanda is due to deliver its verdict in the case of the former hotel manager who's credited with saving hundreds of people during the genocide in 1994.

    Paul Rusesabagina - whose actions inspired the Hollywood movie Hotel Rwanda - has been charged with terrorism.

    He faces a life sentence if convicted of the charges, which were brought after he became a critic of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame.

    Mr Rusesabagina was arrested last year after a plane bound for Burundi instead landed in the Rwandan capital, Kigali.

    His daughter Carine Karimba told the BBC Newsday programme that they were not expecting justice from the court.

    "We know that my father will be found guilty... We do not have any hope in the Rwandan justice system...Our hope is in international justice, the international community," she said.

    "My father has been treated unfairly. All of my father's basic human rights have been violated... We knew that there would never be a fair trial for my father and now the world knows too," she added.

    Rwanda insists that Mr Rusesabagina is receiving a fair trial.

  6. Zambian president hailed for his 'lean' travel team

    Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema
    Image caption: Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema promised a change in governance

    Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema is earning some praise online for travelling with a “lean team” for the UN General Assembly in New York.

    Mr Hichilema travelled to the UN meeting on a commercial Qatar Airways flight from the main airport in Lusaka.

    He was accompanied by two ministers.

    “Just like we promised before taking office, we will ensure prudent management of public resources and have therefore travelled with a lean team that is composed of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Finance, Stanley Kakubo and Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane respectively,” he said in a statement before leaving.

    “This is a first in the region where [Zimbabwe’s President] Emmerson Mnangagwa and [Malawi’s Lazarus] Chakwera take planes packed with hangers on”, tweeted Zimbabwe journalist Hopewell Chin’ono.

    Another social media user wrote: "Africa is coming up: Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema has left Zambia for the UN General Assembly, New York using a commercial flight".

    The Malawian president was in July criticised for taking his family members along on a UK trip but he said that they were needed for the event.

  7. Bees kill over 60 endangered South Africa penguins

    BBC World Service

    A colony of penguins is seen on St. Croix island in Algoa Bay outside Port Elizabeth, on July 08, 2020.
    Image caption: African penguin species have a high risk of extinction, according to IUCN

    Sixty-three endangered African penguins have been killed by a swarm of bees in a rare occurrence near Cape Town, bird conservationists in South Africa say.

    The protected birds, from a colony in Simonstown, were found on a beach with multiple bee stings but no other injuries.

    An official from the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds lamented the penguins' deaths, noting the species is already in danger of extinction.

    Cape honeybees are also part of the local ecosystem which features several conservation areas.

    African penguins feature on the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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    Video caption: Street dreams of Nairobi dance crew hoping to beat the odds

    A group of street dancers in Nairobi struggle against the odds to become celebrities.

  9. Algeria's ex-President Bouteflika buried

    BBC World Service

    People put roses at the burial site of former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika at El Alia cemetery, in Algiers, Algeria September 19, 2021

    The funeral of Algeria's former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has taken place in Algiers, without the fanfare accorded to previous leaders.

    His body was carried by a tank for burial at El-Alia cemetery, where his predecessors and other independence fighters are also interred.

    A convoy transporting the coffin of former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika heads towards El Alia cemetery in which he will be buried, in Algiers, Algeria September 19, 2021

    Mr Bouteflika died on Friday at the age of 84.

    He ruled Algeria for two decades but was forced from power two years ago by mass protests.

    His brother Said, who's serving a prison sentence for corruption, was allowed to attend.

    Read: From child prodigy to octogenarian leader

  10. Kidnappers free Nigeria schoolchildren

    BBC World Service

    An empty classroom in Tegina, Nigeria after children were taken by gunmen
    Image caption: More than 1,000 pupils have been abducted for ransom from schools in Nigeria's north-west and central states since December

    Bandits have released 10 students abducted two months ago from a Baptist school in Nigeria's north-western Kaduna state.

    It is the third group of students to be released by the kidnappers.

    The Bethel Baptist High School administrator, Reverend Joseph Hayab, said 21 students remain in captivity.

    He said their abductors demanded an undisclosed ransom for each student's release and described what the bandits were doing as torture for those parents whose children were not released.

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    Video caption: Germaine Acogny: 'The Mother of Contemporary African Dance'

    Germaine Acogny has recently been awarded the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale Dance festival. But what impact has she had on African contemporary dance?