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The Comb - BBC

  • Striking gold

    “This is a diamond!”: In 2017, two young miners, Komba and Saffea, struck gold. They uncovered a huge 709 carat diamond - the ‘Peace Diamond’ - worth millions of dollars, in Sierra Leone. It was a dream come true for them both. They were rich beyond their wildest dreams. And then, their dream began to unravel. Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #TheComb Get in touch: thecomb@bbc.comProduced by Mary Goodhart

  • Am I in a cult?

    “I was losing myself”: When Mbali was introduced to a new church through a bible study group she was excited at the prospect of finding a new religious community. But as she became more involved with the church, she began questioning some of their unusual teachings and approaches. It left her asking the question ‘Am I in a cult?’ Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #TheComb Get in touch: thecomb@bbc.com

  • Not guilty

    Accusations, imprisonment, and vindication: The lie that changed Ishmail's life, taking away his freedom, and breaking up his family in Malawi. Nearly 20 years later, Ishmail reflects on the painful reality of being falsely accused. Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #TheComb Get in touch: thecomb@bbc.comProduced by Mary Goodhart

  • Parenting and punishment

    “My dad beat me.” How the physical punishment of a child changed the lives of a Nigerian family forever. Behaviour which was the norm for a mother who grew up in Nigeria was treated as assault in the UK. Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #TheComb Get in touch: thecomb@bbc.com

Focus on Africa

  • Can public hearings into Zimbabwe's 'genocide' of the 1980s bring healing and national unity?

    Zimbabwe's President Emerson Mnangagwa has announced public hearings into the mass killings of Zimbabwe's Ndebele people 40 years ago. The president says the hearings will be a mechanism to bring healing and national cohesion. But a survivor of the massacre of opposition supporters, tells us he does not trust the process.Also, why are major gas companies threatening to pull out of South Africa? And Zambia has spent millions of dollars on hiring new teachers and making primary and secondary education free, but the policy has also worsened class overcrowding.Presenter: Audrey Brown Producers: Bella Hassan, Rob Wilson and Joseph Keen in London. Charles Gitonga in Nairobi. Technical producer: Craig Kingham Senior Journalist: Paul Bakibinga Editors : Alice Muthengi and Andre Lombard.

  • Does an Ecowas court ruling on police brutality on protestors in Nigeria go far enough?

    Nigerian authorities guilty of violating protesters rights during mass demonstrations against police brutality, known as #EndSars, in 2020. Why hasn't police behaviour changed?Can Africa's booming population be harnessed?And can anyone stand in the way of another presidential term for Rwanda's  Paul Kagame?Presenter: Audrey Brown Producers: Charles Gitonga and Frenny Jowi in Nairobi. Nyasha Michelle and Joseph Keen in London. Technical producer. Philip Bull Senior Journalist: Paul Bakibinga Editors : Alice Muthengi and Andre Lombard.

  • Unfarmed land leaves millions staring at hunger in Sudan

    More than half the population in Sudan - nearly 26 million people - face acute hunger as the ongoing war hinders agricultural production. The UN agency for Food and Agriculture (FAO) says it is trying to provide seed to farmers to help grow food.Who are Nigeria's ghost workers who are costing the economy millions of dollars? And will a new government plan succeed in exposing them and crackdown on the problem?And a Congolese entomologist says protein-rich insects are the food of the future.Presenter :Audrey Brown Producers: Bella Hassan in London, Frenny Jowi in Nairobi and Blessing Aderogba in Lagos. Technical Producer: Jack Graysmark Senior Journalist: Patricia Whitehorne Editors: Alice Muthengi and Andre Lombard

  • Can Ghana afford to pay striking civil servants?

    All through Ghana civil servants have been on strike following the government's failure to honour a pledge to raise their pay. Can their grievances be addressed?We meet a doctor who carries out operations to reverse female genital mutilation.And why are Somalis being forced to remove bodies from a graveyard in Mogadishu?Presenter :Audrey Brown Producers: Joseph Keen, Patricia Whitehorne and Bella Hassan in London. Frenny Jowi and Susan Gachuhi in Nairobi Technical Producer: Jack Graysmark Senior Journalist: Paul Bakibinga Editors: Alice Muthengi and Andre Lombard

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