Amy McConaghy

Journalist and editor

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Human-elephant conflict: Can we coexist in peace?

During a drive through Kenya's Maasai Mara reserve, one will frequently catch the sight of the African elephant. Sometimes, a solitary male will appear along the horizon. But you're more likely to witness a herd of mothers and their calfs strolling through the rich green landscape.

Selected Work

CGTN Africa
SENEGAL DECIDES: Senegal braces for crucial presidential elections

Senegal is widely described as one of the most stable democracies in West Africa. It is a reputation that seems warranted as you walk through the streets of Dakar, where political expression is abundant and complacency uncommon. This is particularly noticeable in the run-up to the presidential e

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Senegal Elections: Polling stations close with Sall predicted to win

Polls have closed in Senegal after the Presidential elections took place, with an estimated 6.5 million registered voters. Vote counting is underway at polling stations, with official results expected on Friday, and a run-off for the top two candidates to take place on March 24 if no one secures

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Senegal reacts as incumbent Macky Sall wins Presidential election

Senegal's incumbent President Macky Sall has won a second term in office with 58 percent of the vote, following last Sunday's Presidential elections. The official provisional results released by the National Commission for Vote Counting indicate Sall garnered 2.5 million votes of the 4.4 million

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Senegal's surf schools: Making waves along the peninsula

If you stand along Dakar's coastline and gaze past the Mosque of la Divinite, the rolling waves of the Atlantic are rarely a solitary site. Scattered across the ocean are often dozens of surfers, taking advantage of being in one of Africa's prime surfing destinations.

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Senegal: What is in store for Macky Sall's second term?

As you drive out of Senegal's new Blaise Diagne International Airport towards the capital of Dakar, the sign to Diamniadio is one of the first sights along the highway. It is a convenient first impression for first-time visitors, reflecting President Macky Sall's industrial ambitions for Senegal,

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South Africans head to the polls in general elections

South Africans voted in the country's parliamentary and provincial elections on Wednesday, with long queues winding around various polling stations from early this morning. These are the sixth democratic elections in the country since the end of white-minority rule and 25 years since South Afric

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South Africa: What's in store for the upcoming elections?

It has been twenty-five years since Nelson Mandela - the icon of South Africa's liberation movement - cast his ballot in the country's first democratic elections. It was a new beginning for South Africa, a time of hope and burgeoning potential. Today, in the impoverished Johannesburg township of

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Rukban Camp Residents Remain Trapped in Syria's No Man's Land

AMMAN, Jordan - Life has been devastating for the thousands of displaced Syrians living in Rukban camp, a barren no man's land on the Jordan-Syria border, where food and water is sparse and lawlessness abounds. This already dire humanitarian situation has been intensified in the last few months, as airstrikes and fighting from Syria's civil war edges closer towards those trapped along the border.

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Jordanians Rally Against Trump's Jerusalem Announcement

AMMAN, Jordan - Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets in downtown Amman, Jordan, in protest of U.S. President Donald J. Trump's announcement recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Widespread anger was sparked in the Kingdom after Mr. Trump issued a statement on Wednesday proclaiming the U.S.

VIDEO: Jordan's Christians protest Trump Jerusalem decision

Source Hundreds of Jordanian Christians took to the streets of Swefieh, Amman, in silent protest of U.S. President Trump's recent decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. embassy to the city.

Meet Asim Hafiz, the Imam serving in the British Army

Source "I think half the world's problems are down to ignorance and being unaware, having misunderstanding." It is this perception that drives the work of Imam Asim Hafiz, the first Muslim chaplain to the British army, who last week visited Jordan for meetings with the Jordanian Armed Forces.

Video: Amman celebrates the city's second design week

Source Amman's second Design Week is taking place this week, October 6 to 14, highlighting the diverse arts and design scene in the Kingdom and across the Middle East. More than 100 exhibitors took part in this month's show, from renowned artists and architects across the Arab world to up and coming creatives and innovators.

Mandla Mandela: The story of South Africa and Palestine

Source Soon after being elected as president of South Africa, the political leader and freedom fighter Nelson Mandela famously observed: "We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians." It has been twenty-three years since the end of South Africa's apartheid; the brutal system of institutionalised racial segregation and discrimination by a white minority over a black majority.

Jordanian MP engages in ongoing battle against LGBT+ community

Source MyKali, a Jordanian LGBT+ magazine, has been shut down on Monday after MP Dima Tahboub filed a complaint against them for violating Article 49 of the Press and Publication Law. The official justification, as stipulated by Article 49, is that the magazine is not properly licensed.

Dozens demonstrate against law punishing children of foreign fathers

Source Dozens of men and women staged a sit in outside parliament in Amman on Tuesday, calling on the government to grant full citizenship rights to children of Jordanian women who are married to foreigners. "We are here today to demand the rights for our children, namely their citizenship.

Dawn of Recovery: MSF exhibition opens in Amman

Source Ten years ago, Jordan's first reconstructive surgery hospital opened its doors in the capital of Amman, designed to help victims of war across the Middle East to rebuild their lives through specialised medical services.

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