Senegal

  1. Father arrested over death of migrant son at sea

    BBC World Service

    Illegal migrants captured on Mediteranean sea
    Image caption: Senegal has recently seen an increase of migrants trying to reach Europe.

    Police in Senegal have arrested the father of a 15-year old boy who died at sea in October while trying to migrate to Europe.

    It's thought the father had paid a smuggler the equivalent of $450 (£340) to take his son to Spain.

    The boy, nicknamed Doudou, would then be taken to Italy to enrol at a football training centre.

    He fell ill, died en route and his body was thrown overboard.

    His death caused consternation in Senegal, which has recently seen an increase of migrants trying to crossing the ocean to reach Europe.

    Senegal's police said they have intercepted more 1,500 migrants in recent days.

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    Video caption: Senegal: Building sustainable schools using 'moon bricks'

    Leila Meroue is using a 'moon brick' technique to build sustainable schools in Senegal.

  3. Senegal's president dissolves government

    President Macky Sall

    Senegalese President Macky Sall has dissolved his government, according to a statement from the presidency.

    President Sall has signed four decrees to that effect.

    No reason was given for the move or when the new cabinet is likely to be formed. The dissolved government had 32 ministers and three state secretaries.

    "While awaiting the putting in place of a new government, outgoing ministers and secretaries of state are charged with carrying out their ongoing affairs," the statement read.

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    President Sall won a second term of five years in March 2019, but opponents accused him of preventing some of his main rivals from running.

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    Video caption: The Senegalese beach businesses adapting to stay afloat

    Businesses based on Dakar's beaches have had to find new sources of income due to the pandemic.

  5. Senegal's Gorée Island reopens after Covid-19 closure

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    Sihouetted figure by the door of no return
    Image caption: Visitors will once again be able to see the Door of No Return

    One of Senegal's most visited tourist sites, Gorée Island off Dakar, reopens to visitors today.

    A former hub of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, Gorée has been closed for six months because of the coronavirus pandemic, harming its economy.

    A limited number of tourists daily may now visit the World Heritage Site, which was one of the first European settlements on the African continent.

    Facemasks will be obligatory, even when outdoors, and strict social distancing will be enforced.

    The mayor's office said it would welcome the return of visitors to sights including the Door of No Return through which slaves would pass, never to touch African soil again.

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    Video caption: Several African countries hit by devasating floods

    Millions of people have been affected by floods in sub-Saharan Africa; in Senegal a year's worth of rain fell in just 24 hours.

  7. Scores of Senegalese troops test positive for Covid-19

    A soldier of ECOWAS troops patrols in a street after the former President Yahya Jammeh fled the country, in Banjul, Gambia on January 22, 2017.
    Image caption: The peacekeeping mission in The Gambia, deployed by regional bloc Ecowas in 2012, mainly consists of Senegalese soldiers.

    The Senegalese army says about 100 of its soldiers from the peacekeeping mission in The Gambia have tested positive for coronavirus.

    The military contingent composed of 600 soldiers was returning home.

    They have been quarantined in Toubacouta, on Senegalese territory near the border with The Gambia, as a precautionary measure.

    Those who tested positive are asymptomatic. More tests are being done.

    The peacekeeping mission in The Gambia, deployed by regional bloc Ecowas in 2012, mainly consists of Senegalese soldiers.

    It was deployed to force former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to hand over power to his elected successor Adama Barrow and to assist the new Gambian administration to address security challenges.

    The mission's mandate was extended during the last Ecowas meeting at the request of President Barrow.

  8. 'Rainfall of three months' hits Senegal in a day

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    Video caption: 'Rainfall of three months' hits Senegal in a day

    The country has launched an emergency aid plan after a seven-hour downpour caused widespread flooding.

  9. Akon moves ahead with 'Akon City' in Senegal

    Akon

    US R&B singer Akon, who has been talking since 2018 about building a new city in Senegal, said at a press conference on Monday that construction work will start next year.

    He said that the identities of the investors cannot be revealed but that a third of the $6bn (£5bn) funding had been secured.

    The architect behind the city, Hussein Bakri, said the city's population would eventually reach 300,000.

    Akon, whose real name is Alioune Badara Thiam, marketed the city directly to African Americans.

    He explained he had "ran into a lot of African-Americans that didn’t really understand their culture... So I wanted to build a city or a project like this that will give them the motivation to know that there is a home back home," AFP news agency quotes the singer, who was born in the US to Senegalese parents, as saying.

    "As you come in from America, or Europe or anywhere in the diaspora, and you feel like you want to visit Africa, we want Senegal to be your first stop," he said.

  10. Senegal reopens universities for in-person learning

    Seydina Alioune Djigo

    BBC News, Dakar

    Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal
    Image caption: Cheikh Anta Diop University, pictured, has more than 71,000 students

    The authorities in Senegal have started to gradually reopen the country's eight universities for in-person learning after they were closed for more than five months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Reopening will depend on the capacities of respective institutions to comply with Covid- 19 safety protocols.

    Online courses will continue for students still waiting to be recalled.

    At Cheikh Anta Diop University in the capital Dakar - the largest in the country with more than 71,000 students - departments will reopen depending on their capacities to enforce safety measures.

    Most undergraduate students are expected to resume learning there this week.

    Senegal has more than 190,000 students in institutions of higher education, 65% of whom are in public universities.

    The country continues to register about 100 new Covid-19 cases daily.