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Oct 16, 2014

Don’t shun Ebola survivors: give them frontline roles, say officials

DAKAR (Reuters) – Ebola survivors could play critical frontline roles as care givers and blood donors in the battle against the deadly virus – because of their built-in immunity to it, top charity and government officials in Sierra Leone said on Thursday.

Andrew Brooks, a senior U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official, said developing a network of those who had survived the highly infectious disease and could be involved in the response against it would be a way of more effectively addressing the outbreak that has killed nearly 4,500 people.

Oct 3, 2014

Liberia imposes media restrictions on ‘invasive’ Ebola coverage

DAKAR (Reuters) – Journalists will need official permission to cover many aspects of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, under new rules that the government said aimed at protecting patient privacy.

The move was announced on Thursday, the day an American cameraman working for NBC News in Liberia became the first foreign journalist to test positive for Ebola. There was no indication that the new rules were related to that case.

Oct 2, 2014

Liberia says may prosecute man who flew to U.S. with Ebola

DAKAR, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Liberia could prosecute a national
who flew to the United States and was diagnosed with the Ebola
for making a false statement on travel documents, the head of
the West African nation’s airport authority said on Thursday.

Binyah Kesselly said the Liberian patient, Thomas Eric
Duncan, was asked in a questionnaire as he left Monrovia airport
if he had come in contact with any Ebola victim or was showing
symptoms of the disease and he had replied ‘no’.

Oct 2, 2014

Now hunger threat shadows Ebola in West Africa

FREETOWN/DAKAR, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The threat of hunger is
tracking Ebola across affected West African nations as the
disease kills farmers and their families, drives workers from
the fields and creates food shortages.

In the worst-hit states of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea,
Ebola is ravaging their food-producing ‘breadbasket’ regions,
preventing planting and harvesting, and disrupting supply routes
and markets.

Sep 6, 2014

Ebola outbreak stirs anger in fragile Liberia

MONROVIA/DAKAR (Reuters) – When a starving Ebola patient escaped from a treatment center in Monrovia and staggered through a crowded market in search of food, bystanders who scattered in his path voiced their anger not at him but at Liberia’s president.

To many in this impoverished West African country, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s government has not done enough to protect them from the deadly virus. Ebola has killed more than 1,000 people in Liberia since its arrival six months ago. Across West Africa, the death toll from the world’s worst Ebola outbreak has surpassed 1,900.

Jul 30, 2014

Insight – Mobile money grows in Africa but hurdles remain

DAKAR (Reuters) – IT technician Mansour Diagne is one of the lucky few in Senegal to have a bank account, but when he needs to pay some bills or transfer cash to his sisters on the other side of the crowded capital Dakar, he reaches for his mobile phone.

Fewer than 20 percent of adults in the West African nation have a bank account and 26-year-old Diagne says the charges for using his are too high anyway, so he keeps at least 40,000 CFA francs (48.5 pound) in his mobile money account for transactions.

Jul 30, 2014

Mobile money grows in Africa but hurdles remain

DAKAR (Reuters) – IT technician Mansour Diagne is one of the lucky few in Senegal to have a bank account, but when he needs to pay some bills or transfer cash to his sisters on the other side of the crowded capital Dakar, he reaches for his mobile phone.

Fewer than 20 percent of adults in the West African nation have a bank account and 26-year-old Diagne says the charges for using his are too high anyway, so he keeps at least 40,000 CFA francs ($82) in his mobile money account for transactions.

Jun 24, 2014

At least 18 killed in attack on northern Nigerian village: police

JOS Nigeria (Reuters) – At least 18 people were killed when gunmen stormed a village in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna overnight, a police spokesman said on Tuesday, the latest in daily bloody attacks that have racked Africa’s most populous country.

The gunmen raided the village in southern Kaduna – part of Nigeria’s volatile “middle belt” where the mostly Christian south and largely Muslim north meet – late on Monday night, spokesman Aminu Lawan told Reuters.

Jun 24, 2014

Gunmen kill 18 in raid on village in Nigeria’s ‘middle belt’

JOS Nigeria (Reuters) – At least 18 people were killed when gunmen stormed a village in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna overnight, a police spokesman said on Tuesday, the latest in daily bloody attacks that have racked Africa’s most populous country.

The gunmen raided the village in southern Kaduna – part of Nigeria’s volatile “middle belt” where the mostly Christian south and largely Muslim north meet – late on Monday night, spokesman Aminu Lawan told Reuters.

Jun 9, 2014

Ageing farmers, low-yield crops hurt Cameroon’s cocoa ambitions

YAOUNDE/DAKAR (Reuters) – Cameroon’s ambition to triple cocoa production and become one of the world’s top three producers within a decade is being hampered by a failure to modernize ageing plantations and attract young farmers to the sector.

Booming consumption, particularly in Asia, is expected to inflate demand for the main ingredient in the $100 billion chocolate industry by about 1 million tonnes, or around a quarter of world production, by 2020.

    • About Bate

      "Bate Felix is a Dakar-based West & Central Africa Correspondent. He joined Reuters in 2007 as a graduate trainee and has worked in Johannesburg, London, Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam. He now covers economics, politics and general news stories in over a dozen countries in West & Central Africa."
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