Eye on Africa

Rights groups fear disaster in DR Congo's overcrowded prisons

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We bring you a report from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where there is growing concern about the safety of prisoners due to the coronavirus outbreak. More than 100 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Kinshasa's Ndolo military prison. The UN estimates that the country's main prisons are, on average, at 432 percent capacity. We speak to the Central Africa Director for Human Rights Watch for his take on the situation. 

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Also on the show, Madagascar's president continues to distribute a controversial herbal drink despite WHO warnings. The international organisation advises clinical trials for any potential Covid-19 remedies.

And our reporters in Benin have been looking at how Covid-19 restrictions have led to extreme hardship for many poor families, with their sources of income drying up amid the crisis. 

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