Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Pioneering primate research, discoveries in zoonotic diseases and findings published in journals throughout the world – Ivory Coast is leading the way in science in West Africa. It’s the home of the biggest scientific research centre in the region – the Swiss Centre for Scientific Research, CSRS.
It began in 1951 focusing on zoology and botany…and more than 60 years later, its focus has expanded to include food security, nutrition, disease control, the environment and health. But one thing above all, it prides itself on having African scientists at the helm of everything.
The BBC's Tamasin Ford reports from the centre on the outskirts of Abidjan in Ivory Coast. To listen to this report, please click on this link.
The BBC's Tamasin Ford reports from Abidjan, Ivory Coast. To listen to this report, please click on this link.
There is violence against women because when they don't behave well, the husband can beat her. If the woman does not behave well and she is conscious that what she does is wrong, she has to apologise. Otherwise the man is right if he beats her. Yes, the man sometime talks to the woman but she may not understand. So he is sometimes obliged to beat her. To read the rest of this article, please click on this link to the Guardian's website.
A cycle of widespread human rights violations is threatening peace and reconciliation in Ivory Coast – according to the human rights organisation, Amnesty International. Over the last six months it has documented reports of torture, executions and arbitrary arrests carried out by President Allassane Ouattara’s national army along with armed militias.
At least 3000 people were killed in the 2010/2011 post-election violence in which former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down. Since then, Amnesty International claims President Ouattara has installed a one-sided justice system where only pro-Gbagbo supporters are being held to account - despite reports from the United Nations and other international organisations that people from BOTH sides committed atrocities. The BBC's Tamasin Ford reports from Abidjan. To listen to this report, please click on this link.
Ivory Coast’s former President is at the International Criminal Court in the Hague this lunchtime for a pre-trial hearing to decide whether there is enough evidence to charge him with war crimes. Laurent Gbagbo, the first head of state to be in ICC custody, faces four counts of crimes against humanity for his alleged role in the 2010-2011 post-election violence. More than 3000 people were killed during 5 months of some of the worst fighting the West African nation has ever seen. The hearing is expected to take at least 3 days. The BBC's Tamasin Ford reports from Duekoue in the west of Ivory Coast – a town that saw much of the violence. To listen to this report, please click on this link.
"I've never seen an eagle take a stallion so my Nigerian fellows better be careful," said 24-year-old Solomon Porgo as he stood among the thousands of fans clustered around one of the huge outdoor screens set up all over the capital. To read the rest of this report, please click on this link to the BBC website. Or if you want to listen to the report on the BBC, please click on this link.
David Cameron joins President Sirleaf in Liberia on the final leg of his Africa trip. He’s already visited Algeria and Libya where he’s been discussing counter terrorism issues. He's here to discuss with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf what to do after the Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015 – the world targets set by the UN aimed at reducing poverty. The event in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, marks one of the biggest the small West African nation has ever hosted.
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