Illegal logging fuels one of Africa's oldest uprisings​

A clash between Senegalese soldiers and separatist rebels in the Casamance region has rekindled a 40-year-old conflict - as well as concerns about the illegal timber trade through neighbouring Gambia.

*Photographs by Guy Peterson / For NRC Handelsblad

Currents Change and Fishermen Profit

Each year as dry season ends and the rainy season begins the ambient temperature of the regions almost doubles and currents change off the West African Coastline bringing with them a boom in fish numbers close to Dakar's shores.

Photographs and Words by Guy Peterson / Photo Essay For AFP

Horse Riders of Ouagadougou

Just days after January’s coup d’état, Sunday horse racing goes ahead at the hippodrome on the outskirts of Ouagadougou. People gather around the dusty circuit betting with what little cash they have to spare.

*Photographs and text by Guy Peterson / For The Guardian

Circus of Hope

Senegals only Circus troupe helps kids living on the street build confidence for a brighter future using performance art to process traumatic experiences together.

*Photographs and text by Guy Peterson / For CSMonitor

The Return of a Pilgrimage​

For the first time since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic th e Layene Muslim community return to a pilgrimage to a sacred cave in Dakar.

*Photographs by Guy Peterson

How democracy crumbled under jihadi stress

A military coup in Burkina Faso becomes the fourth in only 18 months and has revealed how jihadi violence is undermining democracy in West Africa. How easily can it be restored?

*Photographs by Guy Peterson, Text by Clair Macdougall / For CSMonitor

Inner City Mining

Hundreds of artisanal miners work cracking granite slabs to carry up the steep walls of the crater for a few euros a day.

*Photographs a text by Guy Peterson

‘We took our children and ran’ Thousands displaced as Senegal’s 40-year war crosses the border

More than 6,ooo people have left their homes as renewed violence in the Casamance region spills into the Gambia.
*Photos by Guy Peterson Text by Nick Roll for The Guardian

Painting a bigger picture: Senegal’s pioneering ‘first lady’ of graffiti

Artist, poet and singer, Dieynaba Sidibé, AKA Zeinixx, has made her way to the top of the country’s male-dominated hip-hop scene and wants her messages of hope to inspire young women.
*Photos by Guy Peterson Text by Portia Crowe for The Guardian

Hundreds of Boats, Millions of Fish, All by Hand

Thousands of tonnes of fish are hauled out of the Atlantic Ocean everyday on the coast of Mauritania's largest city, Nouakchott.

A Performance School and a Second Chance

A circus school perched on a clifftop on the outskirts of Salé, Morocco, aims to give kids and young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds a second chance at life through performance art.

A Community led together with sustainable agriculture

A community led project in Northern Mozambique trying to prepare a generation for a sustainable future.

All Roads Lead to Amman

Exploring the diverse community of displaced people who have made long journeys from neighbouring countries to seek refuge in Jordan's capital, Amman. 

Connected Cows, Bringing Agriculture into the 21st Century​

Following the trails of multiple 5G projects in South West England leading the way in for connected agriculture and Aqua culture in the UK.
*Story in Progress

Shoots of democracy: Gambia’s first election without dictator on ballot

A free and fair election is a hallmark of democracy. But in Gambia, a country transitioning from dictatorship, the upcoming presidential race only kicks off the hard work ahead to sustain lasting change.
*Photos by Guy Peterson Text by Nick Roll for CSMonitor

The Sankara Trial

The trial of 14 men, including a former President Blaise Compaore, over the assassination of the country's revered revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara 34 years before which was temporarily paused after a military coup until the junta re-established the constitution.
*Photo essay / Shot for AFP

Party in the Pandemic

The illegal rave scene all over the UK has seen a small renaissance with more people looking to dance away the pain of lock down life through Coivd. This clandestine underworld has brought people together while the rest of the world stays apart.
*Photo essay - Story in Progress

Gambia Votes,
Barrow Wins

On the 4th of December Gambians went to the polls for the first time since the former dictator Yahya Jammeh was beat at the polls in 2017 by Adama Barrow. The election is being closely watched as a test of the democratic transition in The Gambia, where Jammeh ruled for 22 years after seizing power in a bloodless coup in 1994.
*Photographs and text by Guy Peterson / For AFP

Into the Desert,
From Coast to Mine

The heaviest train in the world drives 750km into the Sahara Desert each day transporting iron ore back to the coast while providing a vital vein of transport to remote towns.

Traditions of a Medieval Britain

Burning tar barrels carried through the street of a small village in rural Devon, UK

A Generation Looking Forward

A school in Western Zimbabwe uses Education for sustainable development to promote a sustainable future for a younger population.