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
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
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
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.
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
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 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
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
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.