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Boko Haram, through the eyes of children

Monday 13 April 2015 - Eye witness

Young Nigerian refugees draw on April 6, 2015 during a therapy program managed by UNICEF in the refugee camp near Baga Sola. (AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZES)

"We are on the shores of Lake Chad in the Dar-es-Salam refugee camp, a dusty, crowded site sheltering some 5,000 people who fled over the border from northern Nigeria to escape the Boko Haram insurgency," writes AFP photographer Philippe Desmazes. "Among them are a great many children. Under a large white tent UNICEF has been holding art therapy workshops for young refugees. It’s a common technique used to help children in war zones overcome their trauma - and also a way to fill the endless days in the camp."

(Photo: AFP Photo / Philippe Desmazes)

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Killing in a media blackout

Friday 30 January 2015 - Eye witness

Nigerian refugee children carry wood in a United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) refugee camp in Baga Sola by Lake Chad (AFP PHOTO / SIA KAMBOU)

"This week my colleague Celia Lebur travelled to Chad's border with Nigeria to hear the tales of men and women who escaped what may be the worst atrocity in Boko Haram's six-year Islamist insurgency, the assault on Baga," writes AFP's bureau chief in Lagos, Phil Hazlewood. "The harrowing stories add to mounting eye-witness accounts that we've already been able to gather from Nigeria, pointing at killings on a mass scale in Baga. But the numbers - even now, a month later - are impossible to verify."

(AFP Photo / Sia Kambou)

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A traveler comes home

Friday 23 January 2015 - Eye witness

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"Writing a profile of Jacques Lhuillery is like walking down a winding road, with many forks. Starting from the man I knew and discovering, with each new friend I speak to, with each hilarious or moving anecdote, a new Jacques, another faraway land, another of his lives of which I knew nothing."

The head of AFP’s Japan bureau, who died of cancer aged 61, learned to speak Dutch while living in Saudi Arabia. He was the star of the annual Mardi Gras carnival in a small town in the south Netherlands, and he played petanque with an African head of state over drinks of ‘pastis’. Jacques was devastated by the murder in Ivory Coast of his friend and colleague Jean Helene, and was himself gravely injured in a fire at his home in Nigeria. But he never lost the rambunctious sense of humour, the actor’s talent and brazen nerve that seemed to open doors wherever he went.

(Photo: AFP /Georges Gobet)

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Horror and hashtags: Covering Boko Haram

Wednesday 21 May 2014 - Behind the image

Women carring placards in support of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram attend a street demonstration in Lagos on May 14, 2014 to mark the one-month anniversary of the girls' abduction. (AFP Photo/Pius Utomi Expei)

Horror and hashtags: Covering Boko Haram


"AFP in Nigeria has been attracting a lot of interest in recent weeks after we received videos from the Boko Haram militants who kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from their school last month," writes Lagos bureau chief Phil Hazlewood.

"They first claimed responsibility for the mass abduction in Chibok, Borno state, on April 14, while a week later they showed about 130 of the 223 girls still missing, and indicated that they had all converted to Islam."

(AFP Photo/Pius Utomi Expei)

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In search of the prophet

Thursday 10 April 2014 - Eye witness

T.B. Joshua (AFP Photo/Robert Leslie)

AFP video journalist Robert Leslie goes on a mission to Lagos, where he tries to interview Nigeria's best known healer-preacher, a self-styled "commissioned" voice of Jesus Christ. (AFP Photo/Robert Leslie)

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Fighting vice (and self-doubt) with sharia squad in Nigeria

Friday 13 December 2013 - Eye witness

A Hisbah patrol on the streets of Kano. October 29, 2013. (AFP Photo / Aminu Abubakar)

AFP video journalist Robert Leslie grapples with the conundrum faced by many in his craft. How much of what he is filming is reality, and how much is being done for the camera's benefit? It's a question he confronted on a recent visit to Nigeria while on patrol with an Islamist vice squad.

(AFP Photo / Aminu Abubakar)

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Space travel: from Lagos to Tokyo

Tuesday 17 July 2012 - Eye witness

Overcrowded train at Lagos where passengers are even sitting on the roofTrain official with passengers on sparkling clean Tokyo metro












After four years running AFP's bureau in Lagos, Nigeria’s notoriously chaotic and dangerous megapolis, Jacques Lhuillery has recently arrived in Japan to take up the equivalent post in Tokyo, one of the most organized, safest and cleanest super-cities in the world. The contrast is so striking, he tells us, it’s like moving from one planet to another. (AFP Photo)

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