Nellie Peyton, The Independent

Nellie Peyton

The Independent

Senegal

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Past articles by Nellie:

Second Ebola patient dies in northwestern Congo, WHO says

Genetic testing showed an infection confirmed last week in the city of Mbandaka was a new “spillover event”, a transmission from an infected animal → Read More

African Americans view Senegal as an ancestral homeland—and business opportunity

75 African American business leaders, mayors, and entrepreneurs flew from the US to Dakar for “The Return," an initiative to foster healing while building economic ties. → Read More

Senegal is preserving its oral history in a podcast

Xam sa démb, xam sa tey (“Know your past, know your present”) aims to make Senegalese history accessible to youth and to preserve the country’s storytelling tradition. → Read More

To understand the #FreeSenegal movement, look to its music

In songs written both before and after recent protests, the country’s top rappers have vocalized the feelings of the youth, offering insight into what drove them into the streets, and why the situation escalated. → Read More

Terrified, disgusted, ashamed: The women speaking out about aid workers’ abuse in the Congo

Some 51 women said aid workers propositioned them, forced them to have sex in exchange for a job or fired them when they refused. Robert Flummerfelt and Nellie Peyton tell their stories → Read More

As threats rise, African scientists delve into climate change health impacts

From how more carbon dioxide will affect crops to potential hikes in malaria and heat waves, Africa needs to understand more, fast, about its rising health risks, researchers say → Read More

Ivory Coast pledges trafficking crackdown as 137 child victims are rescued

The victims ranged in age from six to 17 and came from the nearby West African countries of Nigeria, Benin, Ghana and Togo → Read More

Cocoa-growing Ivory Coast draws up new plan to stop child labour

Ivory Coast, the world's top cocoa producer, launched its first national action plan against child labour in 2012, but the problem remains widespread in poor farming... → Read More

Interpol rescues dozens of child slaves from markets in West Africa

Children were subjected to beatings and abuse, including death threats and warnings they would never see their parents again → Read More

No more 'fifth wife' sex slaves and maids, Niger's top court rules

Ruling rejects centuries old custom in which rich men take on unofficial wives who live as domestic and sexual slaves → Read More

Tradition or trafficking? Guinea-Bissau children suffer in Senegal's Islamic schools

Human rights groups say many Koranic schools in Senegal are money-making schemes which exploit children from other West African nations → Read More

Underpaid and abused, Guinea-Bissau's domestic workers seek protection

Guinea-Bissau, one of Africa's poorest states, excludes domestic workers from its national labour law, giving them little protection against exploitation and abuse, activists say. → Read More

Don't treat us like zoo animals, say trafficking survivors

Young survivors do not need sympathy but support including housing, healthcare and education in order to stop them falling back into slavery → Read More

As slavery evolves in Mauritania, silent victims prove harder to find

Despite being criminalised slavery endures in Mauritania with tens of thousands exploited from farms to wealthy mansions. → Read More

Forced out of Angola, Congolese migrant workers left with no food or shelter

Angola has launched a crackdown on illegal diamond mining, expelling hundreds of thousands of migrant workers back to neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo → Read More

Burkina Faso arrests dozens for FGM in biggest crackdown yet

Police arrested 22 people including the cutters and girls' relatives in the capital Ouagadougou after an anonymous tip-off → Read More

No safe haven for girls in crisis-hit Lake Chad region

The region is suffering from a long-running Islamist insurgency led by Boko Haram → Read More

Freed Mauritanian anti-slavery activists vow to keep fighting

Mauritania was the last nation to abolish slavery, outlawing it in 1981, and more than two in every 100 of its people still live as slaves → Read More

African migrants report torture, slavery in Algeria

"They took our passports. They hit us. We didn't eat. We didn't drink" By Nellie Peyton DAKAR, May 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Dozens of Africans say they were sold for labour and trapped in slavery in Algeria in what aid agencies fear may be a widening trend of abusing migrants headed for a new life in Europe. Algerian authorities could not be reached for comment and several experts cast… → Read More

Senegal's street children turn trauma into art in Africa's biggest exhibition

"For me, the colour red is like pain. I put it in the background because it's in the past" By Nellie Peyton DAKAR, May 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Young boys who were forced to beg on the streets for Islamic teachers have turned their suffering into art, as they join more than 1,000 artists showing their work at Africa's biggest and oldest biennale art exhibition in Senegal this month.… → Read More