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On June 3, 2019, there was a massacre on the streets of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum.

This is the story of that massacre, told through the phone cameras of those who kept filming, even as they came under live fire.

#BBCAfricaEye
#BBCAfricaEye has analysed more than 300 videos from Khartoum on 3 June.

Using these videos, we can bring you a shocking, street-level view of the violence that was inflicted on protesters that morning and the 1st direct testimony from men who say they took part in this attack.
A quick note on the background to these events:

In April, Sudan's former President Omar al-Bashir was toppled by months of mass demonstrations.

Since then, protesters had been staging a peaceful, round-the-clock sit-in along Buri road, close to military HQ.
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In the lead-up to Madagascar’s 2018 Presidential elections, teams of Russian 'tourists' and 'observers' were spotted on the island.

Who were these Russians? What were they doing in the country? And who was backing them?

#BBCAfricaEye investigates.
This is Madagascar. A jewel in the Indian Ocean.

It just had a key presidential election.

But there have been rumours of outside influence and suspicion of foreign funding on a large scale.
It all started with the arrival of a group of Russians in March last year, 8 months before the election.

Most stayed in La Residence Ankerana, a secluded hotel in a quiet part of the capital Antananarivo.
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For the past 2 months, disturbing images have been coming out of Sudan.

Images like this.

Who are these hit squads? Where are they taking people? And what happens to the people they target?

#BBCAfricaEye investigates...

#SudanUprising #تسقط_بس #مدن_السودان_تنتفض
Since Dec 2018, Sudan has been rocked by protests against the 30-yr rule of Omar al Bashir.

Demonstrators began by protesting a hike in food and fuel prices.

Now, they’re calling for the overthrow of the regime.
The crackdown has been brutal.

Sudanese security forces have used live ammunition on demonstrators.

According to human rights groups, they have killed more than 50 of their own citizens.
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Over the last week, protests have erupted across #Sudan, with NISS intelligence service stations being burnt and reports of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) defending protestors in some locations. This is a developing thread for remotely monitoring the situation, h/t @trevorsnapp.
In Atbara, for example, protesters have set fire to the headquarters of ruling the National Congress Party, led by President Omar al-Bashir. There's plenty of visual evidence of the unrest, such as this video. Geolocation: 17.694190, 34.001319 (google.com/maps/place/17%…).
The NCP headquarters suffered heavy damage from the protests on 19 Dec 2018, as this photo shows (h/t @wasilalitaha). Second image shows the building in a better state, via their Facebook page.
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Great example of how geolocation and crowdsourcing works to assist investigations. @EmmanuelFreuden needed a video geolocated of buildings that had been burnt - hints were it was Kumbo in Cameroon. The following is how it was found. #Geolocation #OSINT Thread 1/👇
2/ There were direct clues in this video, which @Sector035 picked up a location for, in conjunction with tipoffs from @EmmanuelFreuden - they were tong structure, red roof, concrete square structure, long building and a light coloured roof. goo.gl/maps/h41Bn9zz1…
3/ In the video, we are also able to identify "GPS Bookstore". Plug that into Google and you get this result. camerlex.com/kumbo-gps-book… - It says "Squars" or Squares - an area in Kumbo.
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In July 2018, a horrifying video began to circulate on social media.

2 women & 2 young children are led away by a group of soldiers. They are blindfolded, forced to the ground, and shot 22 times.

#BBCAfricaEye investigated this atrocity. This is what we found...
This is the video that went viral. We’ve cut out the ending, but - WARNING – it’s distressing.
Immediately, a fierce debate began on social media.

Some said this happened in Cameroon. Others said it was Mali.
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Nigeria has just banned the production and importation of codeine cough syrup, following the #BBCAfricaEye and BBC Pidgin documentary about syrup abuse in the country.

This is the story that led to the ban...

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In Nigeria, an addictive drug is destroying young lives - codeine cough syrup, a medicine that's become a street drug.

But who makes this syrup? And who sells its to Nigeria’s students?

#BBCAfricaEye and BBC Pidgin went undercover to find out
Our investigation began with Ruona @RGAMeyer, a reporter with BBC Pidgin.

Ruona’s little brother is among the thousands of young Nigerians who got addicted to codeine syrup
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