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Tuesday 29 July  
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Bridges with Africa - Radio show: A sweet dream turns sour

On air: 4 January 2013 11:50 (Photo: AFP)

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This week’s Bridges with Africa explores some of the best stories and sounds of 2012.

Listen to the full show by clicking on the play button immediately below. For highlights, click on the clips that follow.



The International Criminal – or ICC – celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2012.

In its decade of existence the court has worked on 17 cases –all in Africa – but has convicted only one person - the Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga.

One of the cases is that of former Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo. He’s accused of fuelling the post-election violence between November 2010 and April 2011.

The worst incident happened in a small west Ivorian town called Duekue, where at least 800 people were killed.


In recent years, many Africans, mainly from Sudan and Eritrea, have braved the hot Sinai desert hoping to find greener pastures in Israel. But often, their arrival on the land of Milk & Honey turns out to be rather sour.


Correspondent Winnie Onyimbo met up with two former child-soldiers who’ve traded their AK 47s for a guitar..


When in 2007 oil was discovered in Ghana, many hoped it would not turn out to be the kind of curse it has been in Nigeria. The government at the time promised it would prove to be a blessing. But now that the oil is flowing, there are concerns.


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