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Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa

24 June 2017

In a Guardian Story About an Environmental Conflict in Kenya, the White Saviour Rides Again

The Bridge

The Guardian's portrayal of an Italian expat as the central figure in a noble fight to save the environment from local hordes erases the complex reality of a Kenyan region.

23 June 2017

The 1944 Thiaroye Massacre in Senegal, a Shameful Episode of the French Colonial Period in Africa

"In 1944, African soldiers, liberators of France, were massacred by... France itself. These African servicemen had committed only one crime: that of being African."

21 June 2017

As Deadline to Leave Saudi Arabia Nears, Ethiopian Workers Trapped Between Two Bad Choices

"It is horrifying that most Ethiopians have not shown an interest in returning home despite risk of violence."

20 June 2017

Filmed Beating of Somali Woman Highlights the Dangers That Europe-Bound Refugees Face

“I was in complete shock to see her video that I can’t even explain. Not one human being deserves to be treated that way regardless of what they did.”

16 June 2017

Witch Doctors’ Latest Victims Are Bald Men in Mozambique, Police Say

"[I would like] a nation where the people looked for honest jobs and did not have to hurt or even take the lives of others," one blogger wrote.

12 June 2017

Why an Ethiopian-Born British Citizen Ran in the UK's General Election

"Proud of Yemi Hailemariam, the wife of #AndyTsege who made it all the way to #Maidenhead to meet @theresa_may & demand for @FreeAndargachew."

10 June 2017

With the Ebola Outbreak Over, the US Wants a Group of West African Immigrants to Go Home

They were in the US legally due to a statute offered to people from countries in crisis. Now, their crisis is deemed over, but it's not easy to return home.

7 June 2017

In Ethiopia, Authorities’ Reshuffling of the Oromo Language Alphabet Touches a Nerve

"This is yet another fraud perpetrated on the Oromo people and it must be rejected."

Ethnic and Political Violence Continue to Stain Burundi

"If I were to take you at your word, I would ask you why you insist on providing ammunition to the imperialist colonists that call us savages."

6 June 2017

How Not to Have Six Horrible Months in Uganda

The Bridge

A narrative that exoticizes an African country with no attempt to understand its people tells us more about the writer than it does about the continent.

5 June 2017

Small Farmers in Madagascar Say Chinese Investors Forced Them to Sell Their Land for Dirt Cheap

"Is there anything that regular people like us can do to protect our land? We air complaints to...the media or on social media, but no one dares to stand up."

4 June 2017

In a Much-Criticized Display of Wealth, the Angolan President's Son Spent Half a Million Euros at a Charity Auction

"...being the son of who you are, we suspect that this money came out of the state coffers, that is to say it is our money..."

A Ugandan Woman Thought She Was Going to Teach in Kuwait. Instead She Was Trafficked.

When Prudence Nandaula got a new job in Kuwait, she was thrilled. But when she arrived, her passport was taken from her — and she was given a mop.

1 June 2017

Netizen Report: In ‘State of Emergency’, Internet Shutdowns Leave Ethiopians and Venezuelans Struggling to Connect

Global Voices Advocacy

Ethiopia' shut down the Internet, Egypt censored 21 news websites, Facebook 'mistakenly' blocked images honoring Tiananmen Square victims.

Ethiopia Imposes Nationwide Internet Blackout

Global Voices Advocacy

This blackout is broader in scope and scale than past ones, effectively eliminating Ethiopia from the map of the global Internet.

‘Bodies Die, Countries Don't': Are You Listening? Podcast

In this episode, we take you to Venezuela, Indian-administered Kashmir, Thailand, Nigeria, and Brazil.

Could Professional Sports Boost Economic Development in Africa?

"Of course, sports alone cannot lift a country out of poverty. But they can help inspire social change."

26 May 2017

Ethiopian Protester Sentenced to Six Years Behind Bars for Facebook Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

The 30-year-old activist has been an outspoken opponent of government’s violent response to the popular protest movement. And he is not alone.

25 May 2017

The Election of Dr. Tedros as WHO Director-General Isn't Exactly Uniting Ethiopians

"You won a free election, congratulations. Now, why don't you try that here in #Ethiopia?!"

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