Ruth Maclean
Ruth Maclean is the West Africa bureau chief for The New York Times, based in Senegal. She joined The Times in 2019 after three and a half years covering West Africa for The Guardian, reporting on the chocolate industry’s devastation of the rainforests in Ivory Coast; the government’s cover-up of a rape crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and tensions between herders and farmers in the highlands of Nigeria. She grew up in Southern and East Africa, and as a reporter, was based in Mexico City, London and Johannesburg before moving to Dakar.
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John Nkengasong, the first director of Africa’s C.D.C., is launching the continent’s public health revolution.
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Fighting a Pandemic, While Launching Africa’s Health Revolution
Public health in Africa has been a story of neglect and dependency, says John Nkengasong, the first director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control. But he’s on a mission to turn things around.
In Senegal, Demand for Covid Vaccines Grows, but They’re Hard to Get
As rumors and misinformation about coronavirus vaccines gradually subside and the West African country emerges from a third wave, Senegalese are less reluctant to take a shot.
Death of Jihadist Behind Attack on U.S. Soldiers Is Latest Blow for Militants
With France’s killing of Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahraoui, experts say the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara has suffered a big loss, but caution against declaring victory.
Special Forces Colonel Says He Has ‘Seized’ Guinea’s President
If the coup is successful, it will mark the third time in five months that a West African nation has suffered a takeover.
Waste From Mine in Angola Kills 12 Downstream in Congo, Minister Says
Toxic metals from Angola’s largest diamond mine spilled into the Kasai River in July, sickening thousands and causing an “environmental catastrophe,” researchers said.
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The Nigerian Activist Trying to Sell Plants to the Oil Company That Destroyed Them
“I need to help my women to stand,” says Martha Agbani, who helped a group of women from the Niger Delta build a flourishing mangrove nursery.
Chad’s former president, jailed for crimes against humanity, is dead. Reports cite Covid.
Hissène Habré, Ex-President of Chad Jailed for War Crimes, Dies at 79
Mr. Habré, who received a life sentence for crimes against humanity including torture and sex offenses, was said to be out of prison for medical treatment at his death.
The Fisherwomen, Chevron and the Leaking Pipe
Big Oil has a filthy legacy in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. One prominent environmentalist said: “They are moving out and leaving all the mess behind.”
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