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Farmers in Senegal practicing the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method

In the northern region of Saint Louis, Senegal, farmers have long relied on purchasing extra rice due to limited yields. However, the introduction of the “system of rice intensification” (SRI) by the government’s National Agricultural and Rural Advisory Agency (ANCAR) has transformed the situation. With SRI, rice yields have more…

Public Prosecutor Seeks Guilty Verdict and 10-Year Sentence for Ousmane Sonko Senegal’s public prosecutor called on judges overseeing the rape trial of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko to find him guilty and sentence him to 10 years in jail, potentially barring him from running for president in the upcoming elections next year. The verdict is expected to be announced on June 1, following a legal saga that has gripped the nation.…

The delayed rape trial of Senegal’s opposition leader Ousmane Sonko resumed in the capital Dakar on Tuesday but Sonko failed for the second time running to attend the Court proceedings while his party called for “resistance” and a national shutdown. Highly popular among young people, Sonko has branded the trial a political plot aimed at scuttling his bid for the 2024 presidency. Police in the capital Dakar placed a security cordon around…

Three men convicted of the 2018 massacre of 14 woodworkers in Senegal’s troubled Casamance region have initiated a trial to appeal their life sentences, alleging political motivations behind their convictions. The defendants, who maintain close ties with the region’s rebellious separatist opposition, were found guilty of attacking the woodworkers in the protected forest of Bayottes on January 6, 2018. The Victims The victims of the massacre were reportedly gathering firewood…

Senegalese government and aid package

The Senegalese government has reached an agreement on a 36-month aid package to address key economic challenges. The extended credit facility (ECF) of $1.526 billion, combined with the resilience and sustainability facility (RSF) of $327.1 million, aims to bolster the Senegalese economy ahead of upcoming presidential elections. However, to fully benefit from this aid, the government must undertake crucial reforms, including reducing debt vulnerabilities, strengthening governance, combating money laundering and terrorism financing, and fostering inclusive and job-rich growth. IMF’s Expectations…

Passing of Cheikh Bécaye Al Bécaye Kounta: A Spiritual Leader's Legacy

Cheikh Bécaye Al Bécaye Kounta, a multidimensional man, passed away at the age of 94 at the Principal Hospital in Dakar and was buried on the same day. The revered Cheikh Bécaye Al Bécaye Kounta had a profound understanding of theology and Sharia law. His father, Cheikh Al Bécaye, the eldest son of Cheikh Bouh Kounta, the founder of Ndiassane, passed away in 1929, the same year Cheikh Bécaye Kounta was born. The Cheikh, who until his last day presided…

S24 Calls for National Rally to Safeguard Democracy and Counter Threats to the Republic

S24 Mobilizes Against Political Tensions and Upholds Democratic Principles The Convergence of Democrats for the Safeguarding of the Republic (S24) is organizing a “national rally, a crucial moment of truth, on Saturday, May 27, to stand against those who seek to undermine the Republic.” Because “being on the right side of history requires breaking the silence when the principles attached to the Republic are violated.” In a statement, Doudou Kâ, the president of the Doggu Coalition for a greater Senegal,…

Illustration depicting a terrorist attack on an anti-polio team in North Waziristan, highlighting the risks faced by healthcare workers and the need for security measures.

Firing incident targets polio team in Spinwam area, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa In a distressing incident, a polio vaccination team was targeted by terrorists in the Spinwam area of ​​North Waziristan district, located in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The assailants unleashed a hail of bullets upon the security personnel accompanying the polio team, resulting in the martyrdom of one officer and leaving another injured. The attack has sparked outrage and prompted an immediate response from security forces. One security personnel was martyred…

Senegalese opposition leader Ousmane Sonko appeals against libel conviction, sparking protests

Senegalese opposition leader Ousmane Sonko has appealed a libel conviction that could prevent him from running in the upcoming presidential elections next year. This comes as another round of protests broke out in Senegal on Monday, following his conviction. Last week, Sonko received a suspended six-month sentence for libel after accusing the Minister of Tourism of embezzling funds. The conviction raises questions about Sonko’s eligibility to run for president. President Macky Sall is expected to seek a third term in…

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An image capturing the violent clashes erupting in Senegal as the trial of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko looms.

As the anticipated trial of Senegalese opposition leader Ousmane Sonko for rape charges approaches, violent clashes broke out in his hometown of Ziguinchor. The clashes, which resulted in the death of a police officer and injuries to several demonstrators, have raised concerns about the escalating tensions in the country. The incident occurred just one day before Sonko’s trial was scheduled to begin in Dakar, the capital of Senegal. Sonko, a prominent political figure, has been accused of assaulting a woman…

Leaders shaking hands in a historic moment of peace in Casamance, Senegal

A significant milestone was reached in the quest for peace in Casamance, Senegal, as a historic handshake brought together the leader of the Diakaye fighters, the governor of the Ziguinchor region, and a representative of the Senegalese government. Casamance, plagued by a long-standing rebellion that has claimed the lives of over 5,000 people and displaced thousands more, witnessed a breakthrough as the fighters from the Diakaye faction agreed to lay down their arms. This momentous decision aims to bring peace…

A group of gendarmes in Ngor, with the text overlay indicating Amnesty International's denouncement of their excessive use of force.

Amnesty International has denounced the excessive use of force by the gendarmerie in the Ngor neighborhood of Dakar during recent demonstrations in the area. Ousmane Diallo, a researcher at Amnesty International’s regional office for West and Central Africa, called for strict adherence to international law which requires that the use of force in policing must be necessary and proportional, with firearms only used in cases of imminent danger of death or serious injury. The residents of Ngor have been protesting…

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