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Bridges with Africa - Radio show: Religious cult wreaks havoc in Senegal

On air: 26 October 2012 0:00 - 2 November 2012 0:00 (Photo: AFP)

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The streets of Dakar, the Senegalese capital, are once again in turmoil. Earlier this year, we reported on the political riots in the country when former president Abdoulaye Wade tried and failed to run for a third term. But this time the rioters are….religious. What’s going on? West Africa correspondent Bram Posthumus throws some light on the matter.

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For the first time in Dutch history, a Dutch citizen – but with African roots – is charged with genocide. 65-year-old Rwandan Yvonne Basebya Ntacyobatabara, a Hutu, is accused of killing and raping Tutsi’s with the aim to exterminate the Tutsi population during the 1994 genocide. The trial began this week in The Hague. According to her daughter Jeanne, the past two years leading up to the trial have been a nightmare. We speak to her and to International Justice expert, Thijs Bouwknegt.

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For our weekly music slot we go to the DR Congo and Vienna. What’s the link? Well, simple, Prince Zeka is the son of a Congolese diplomat who ended up in Vienna after the government his father served was overthrown in 1997. The Congolese exile talks about the country he left behind and introduces his new album, entitled Ecoutez.

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Nigerian/South African film director Akin Omotoso talks to us at the Dutch film festival, Africa in the Picture, about his film called Man on Ground. The film shows the complexity of xenophobia in South Africa.

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Taking care of relatives beyond the nuclear family is common in most African cultures. No matter how poor they may be, young working people are expected to share in the financial support of those who played an important role in raising and educating them. But what if these young people want to start their own family? Our reporter Winnie Onyimbo finds out how extended family may be both a blessing and a burden to young Africans.

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