Is it becoming more difficult to be gay in Senegal? // Est-il de plus en plus difficile d’être gay au Sénégal?

Photo © Ernst Coppejans/Dans le Milieu

Photo © Ernst Coppejans/Dans le Milieu

Nick Diamond shares some of his experiences as a gay American studying in Dakar:

“We feared the case of Ebola in the neighborhood next to mine.  And even when I was tested for malaria, nothing proved to be more challenging than living as a gay student in Dakar. I wouldn’t have survived there without my running shoes and a black pen.  Jogging along the Atlantic Ocean and journaling in my notebook allowed me to catch a break from hiding in the closet – again.”

Read the full article on albionpleiad.com


The contrast between these two articles by Miz Cracker (published a year apart) speaks to the increasing difficulty of being gay in Senegal:

Published February 2014:

“A gay boy chasing love in West Africa—considering my reputation as a foul-mouthed drag queen, my friends didn’t think it was a good idea. But in early February, I did it anyway. I took time off from my nightmare job, packed lash curlers and a Summer’s Eve douche, and went to see a boy in Dakar. I wanted to forget what I’d heard about the recent anti-gay violence in Senegal, Cameroon, and Nigeria; I wanted to start living my damn life. But even as I boarded my plane, I still wondered: Would a homo like me—one who wears a hint of makeup even when she’s out of drag—be safe on ‘the most homophobic continent’ on earth?”

Read the full article on slate.com

Published February 2015:

“Last year, I wrote an optimistic article for Outward about homophobia in West Africa. Drawing on my own experiences traveling in Senegal as a gay boy and undercover drag queen, I wanted to test American perceptions of the region against the reality. I described how my sexuality was acknowledged and accepted, at least on a personal level, and how diplomatic pressure from President Barack Obama was sparking a new conversation about gay rights in the area. I saw potential for change. There was reason for hope.”

Read the full article on slate.com

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Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop speaks at annual Design Indaba Conference // Photographe sénégalais Omar Victor Diop prend la parole à la conférence annuelle Design Indaba

Photo © Omar Victor Diop

Photo © Omar Victor Diop

Coverage in English:

“One of this year’s conference speakers is Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop. With one eye on history and the other on contemporary popular culture, Diop has comprised a body of work that includes fine art, fashion and portraiture. On a personal level, identity and discovery are themes that probe his creative work, with many of his projects and series delving into the lesser known narratives of the role of africans. Heritage, history and culture drives his ongoing, internal dialogue of who he is as artist and person.”

Read the full article on designboom.com

“Omar Victor Diop, a Senegalese photographer, was feeling out of place during an artist residency in Málaga, Spain, when he discovered the seminal series “The Image of the Black in Western Art.” In it, he found centuries-old Western paintings from the Menil Collection in Houston that depicted people of African descent from the Renaissance to the emergence of the slave trade. As an African who was educated in Paris, he was aware of the long history of marginalizing the African diaspora in European museums. Understandably, he was captivated by what he saw.”

Read the full article on nytimes.com


Couverture en Français:

“Dans ‘Diaspora’, une série d’autoportraits en partie inspirés par la peinture espagnole, le jeune photographe sénégalais incarne des Africains devenus des personnalités en Europe au temps des colonies.”

Lire l’article complet sur liberation.fr

Senegal developing a national plan to protect children on the internet // Le Sénégal élaborant un plan national pour protéger les enfants sur internet

© Luke Klein

Photo © Luke Klein

Coverage in English:

“Senegal is taking action to ensure that its children are protected online and do not become victims of harmful content, cybercrime, bullying and other criminal offences perpetrated by syndicates on the internet.”

Read the full article on biztechafrica.com


Couverture en Français:

“La journée de ‘L’internet plus sûr’ se tiendra ce lundi. L’objectif de cette rencontre est, entre autres, de sensibiliser les jeunes sur les effets néfastes de l’internet. En effet, avec le Net, le monde est devenu un village planétaire, et tout est devenu si proche. C’est dans ce cadre que les opportunités sont de plus en plus infinies et le nombre d’enfants utilisant internet augmentent de jours en jours.”

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Dakar poised to become first West African city to issue a municipal bond // Dakar en passe de devenir la première ville d’Afrique occidentale à émettre une obligation municipale

Dakar's Municipal Finance Program team, from left to right: Babacar Mbaye (Finance Program Officer), Dieynaba Thiam Ka (Program Administrator), Dieynaba Dabo (Program Coordinator) and Khady Dia Sarr (Program Director). // © Mamadou Gomis

Dakar’s Municipal Finance Program team, from left to right: Babacar Mbaye (Finance Program Officer), Dieynaba Thiam Ka (Program Administrator), Dieynaba Dabo (Program Coordinator) and Khady Dia Sarr (Program Director). // Photo © Mamadou Gomis

Coverage in English:

“This week, Dakar was all ready to celebrate a financial achievement that hardly gets noticed in today’s world when it happens in New York, Frankfurt or Tokyo. But it represented a first for cities in Senegal, as well as the great majority of Africa’s nations. Dakar was about to sell a municipal bond.”

Read the full article on citylab.com


Couverture en Français:

“Le maire Khalifa Sall sur le lancement d’un emprunt obligataire: ‘Nous voulons investir dans le potentiel humain de Dakar.’ Pour bâtir un meilleur cadre de vie, le maire de la Ville de Dakar, Khalifa Ababacar Sall, et son équipe municipale lancent, aujourd’hui, un emprunt obligataire d’un montant de 20 milliards de FCfa pour deux millions d’obligation à raison de 10.000 par engagement. Le taux d’intérêt de 6,60 % par an est fixé sur sept années (2015-2022) dont deux ans de différé.  Dakar est la première capitale à aller sur le marché ouest-africain.”

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A hopeful resurgence in the lush Casamance region of Senegal // Une renaissance pleine d’espoir dans la région fertile de la Casamance au Sénégal

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Coverage in English:

“Casamance is literally and metaphorically a country away from busy, worldly Dakar. The north is dry; the south is lush. The north is a major African hub; the south is rural African backwater. In between them lies Gambia. We fell asleep in a big, modern city fighting off the encroachments of the desert and woke up in a mangrove-lined river so rich with life that fish flopped out of the boat’s wake as if in some biblical parable. The dolphins had followed them.”

Read the full article on nytimes.com


Couverture en Français:

“Le président sénégalais a entamé jeudi une tournée d’une semaine en Casamance. Annonces en faveur du tourisme local, développement de son assise politique dans la région, réglement du conflit casamançais : son programme s’annonce chargé.”

Lire l’article complet sur jeuneafrique.com

Hunger, a business like any other; battle to feed the world pits small farmers against big agriculture // La faim, un business comme un autre; la lutte pour nourrir le monde oppose les petits agriculteurs contre l’agro-industrie

© CCFD-Terre Solidaire

Photo © CCFD-Terre Solidaire

Coverage in English:

“Do small-scale farmers hold the key to fulfilling global goals on hunger and poverty? Or can they only be achieved by large-scale agriculture? Dotted along the narrow path that skirts the edge of Beatrice Alvitsa’s house in Shimanyiro, a green Kenyan valley near the border with Uganda, are dozens of millet plants, each protected by a carefully assembled fence made of sticks. ‘These keep the chickens and other animals out,’ she says, bending down to mend a break in one of the fences.”

Read the full article on theguardian.com


Couverture en Français:

“Derrière des objectifs affichés de lutte contre la pauvreté, la NASAN met en péril le droit à l’alimentation des plus pauvres. L’objectif affiché de cette initiative est d’améliorer la sécurité alimentaire et la nutrition et d’aider quelques 50 millions de personnes en Afrique sub-saharienne à sortir de la pauvreté d’ici 2022, en « libérant le pouvoir du secteur privé », et en poussant les Etats africains à mettre en œuvre des mesures de dérégulation et d’ultralibéralisation de leur secteur agricole. Or, pour ACF, le CCFD-Terre Solidaire et Oxfam France, tout comme pour leurs partenaires de la société civile africaine, cette initiative met en péril la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle des populations et porte atteinte au droit à l’alimentation des populations les plus vulnérables.”

Lire l’article complet sur ccfd-terresolidaire.org

EU calls Senegal an island of stability, delivers more aid, praises Senegal’s fight against Ebola epidemic // UE décrit le Sénégal comme un îlot de stabilité, offre plus d’aide, fait l’éloge de la lutte du Sénégal contre l’épidémie d’Ebola

© Sia Kambou / AFP / Getty Images

Photo © Sia Kambou / AFP / Getty Images

Coverage in English:

“The European Commission has pledged millions of euros to support three nations which border the countries worst-hit by the Ebola virus. The EU wants to target early intervention.”

Read the full article on dw.de


Couverture en Français:

“Le Commissaire européen chargé de l’aide humanitaire et de la gestion des crises, Christos Stylianides, en visite au Sénégal, a été reçu, hier, par le président de la République, Macky Sall. ‘Le Sénégal est un îlot de stabilité dans un environnement régional fragile. En effet, la région est confrontée à des crises multiples et complexes. J’ai déjà eu l’opportunité de saluer le travail effectué par le président dans la lutte contre l’épidémie d’Ebola. J’ai bon espoir que nous soyons en train de maîtriser l’épidémie et nous ne relâcherons pas nos efforts avant d’atteindre l’objectif zéro cas.'”

Lire l’article complet sur lesoleil.sn