What to remember from the African news of the week of May 22
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Threatened with ineligibility, the opponent and presidential candidate Ousmane Sonko called, on Wednesday, the Senegalese to converge with him towards Dakar to challenge the power. The verdict in his rape trial is due on June 1. Prosecutor Abdou Karim Diop has requested that Ousmane Sonko be sentenced to ten years in prison for rape, or at least five years in prison for “youth corruption”, as well as one year in prison for the death threats allegedly uttered against the plaintiff.
In Sudan, humanitarian aid is targeted in the fighting. The two parties had nevertheless committed to a seven-day truce, in order to secure a humanitarian corridor. Today, they accuse each other of having violated this truce.
One of the last four fugitives wanted in the 100-day genocide that killed 800,000 Tutsi and Hutu opponents in Rwanda was arrested on Wednesday in South Africa. He will be brought to justice for the crimes of which he is accused.
A film chronicles the genocide in Namibia
Before the Holocaust, Germany committed another genocide, that of the Herero and the Nama, in its former colonies in Namibia. Between 1904 and 1908, after a revolt, German soldiers opened the first concentration camps and exterminated at least 60,000 Herero and 10,000 Nama. A bloody colonial past long concealed by Germany, which lost its colonies in 1919, after the First World War. But in recent years and thanks to the work of activists, the country has begun to become aware of this genocide. A film, directed by a German filmmaker, is currently bringing this colonial history to the screen to confront the Germans with their responsibilities.
Gold stolen by the UN in DR Congo? Another example of misinformation
A video uploaded on May 22, 2023 on Facebook and Twitter claims to prove that gold was allegedly stolen by the UN in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These images show four safes filled with gold nuggets, surrounded by men, in a room where the United Nations logo can be seen. However, they have nothing to do with the UN and were filmed in 2020 during a business transaction in a mining cooperative, two protagonists of the video explained to the Observers.
Samuel Fosso, the fake narcissus who pays homage in photos to the icons of History
The guest of Afrique Hebdo this week imagines himself as a black pope, a local chief, Martin Luther King or even a lookalike of the communist leader Mao. In his self-portraits, Samuel Fosso captures the complexity of black and African identities, he recounts the style of the seventies, pays homage to civil rights activists and questions colonialism. His famous series entitled “Tati” is exhibited at the Parisian gallery Christophe Person and put up for sale for the very first time on the art market.
In DR Congo, the beginnings of so-called “clean” gold panning
In DR Congo, in South Kivu, the Primera Gold company channels artisanal gold panning into official channels, in order to fight against smuggling and trafficking. But this company, created in January 2023, still needs to improve the working conditions of minors from its “qualified” sites.