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Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa

27 October 2016

Conservationists in Madagascar Race to Exterminate Troubling Toad

Conservationists seek to eradicate a deadly Asian invader, but finding the necessary funds is proving difficult.

21 October 2016

Netizen Report: As Protests Rage in Ethiopia, Zone9 Bloggers Return to Court

Global Voices Advocacy

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

20 October 2016

Ghana's Opposition Party Is Running Wild With an Internet Challenge Surrounding a Juice Box

"Always love it when people turn their "misfortune" into a great success. That's what the #NPP has done with this #KalypoChallenge. Maturity"

Young Skaters in Rural South Africa Shred It Up in ‘Valley of a Thousand Hills’

Skateboarding isn't popular in South Africa, especially in black communities. As one young Zulu puts it, "We are skateboarders because we want to live a life which is good...and awesome."

17 October 2016

An Animated Video Explains the Powers of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Not sure what the court does? This video might help.

16 October 2016

Nigerian President Says First Lady ‘Belongs to My Kitchen’ and ‘The Other Room’

"I don't know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room," the president said.

13 October 2016

Ethiopia's State of Emergency: ‘The Last Sequence of a Brutal Authoritarian Regime'?

"We all know what #StateOfEmergency means,The usual suspects (our friends and activist we know) r in eminent danger now.It is sad."

11 October 2016

Ethiopian Authorities Shut Down Mobile Internet and Major Social Media Sites

Global Voices Advocacy

Those close to the situation fear this may be the beginning of a dangerous new phase after 12 months of protests.

The Plight of the Zambian Watchdog: Embattled Opposition News Site Goes Down

Global Voices Advocacy

The closure and the raid may represent a turning point in a long-standing cat-and-mouse game between the government and the controversial news website.

8 October 2016

A Businessman Missed the Tastes of Ethiopia—So He Starting Growing Them for Himself

"Different opportunities are provided by the two different places. I think more people should have two different countries. More than one, anyway!”

4 October 2016

Ethiopian Authorities Send a Chilling Message to the Oromo People With Deadly Holiday Crackdown

The violence has shaken Ethiopia, as it appears to be the first assault by security forces on a major cultural and religious ritual of the Oromo people.

30 September 2016

In Tanzania, Expressing Political Opinions on Social Media is Becoming Increasingly Dangerous

Global Voices Advocacy

Since President John Magufuli won the presidential election in October 2015, 14 people have already being arrested and charged for insulting the president on social media.

French Diversity Raises an Eyebrow at Nicolas Sarkozy’s ‘Our Ancestors Are the Gauls’ Declaration

"When you're six years old and you read that your ancestors were Gauls, with fair hair and blue eyes... it wasn't only us who giggled, it was the teacher, too.”

28 September 2016

‘When Your Palms Itch, You Will Receive Money’, and Other African Myths

Africans are sharing common myths they've heard on Twitter under the hashtag #100AfricanMyths.

24 September 2016

Sudanese Authorities Use ‘Pornography’ as Evidence in Criminal Trial of Human Rights Advocates

Global Voices Advocacy

Sudanese authorities are using what they deem as "pornographic" and "immoral" evidence in a trial of ten civil society activists, six of whom are facing capital punishment charges.

23 September 2016

The Struggles of Peacebuilding in Mali

Between the signing of the peace accord on June 20, 2014, and June 25, 2015, Mali recorded 191 attacks, leaving 385 people dead.

A Specially Designed Keyboard Allows Yorùbá and Igbo Speakers to Type Their Languages

Rising Voices

"With this keyboard, we are addressing technical barriers to the use of Yorùbá and Igbo online."

19 September 2016

Are There Prospects for Peace and Stability in South Sudan?

"It is time for both #SouthSudan president Salva Kiir and former VP Riek Machar who have ruined their country to both step down"

18 September 2016

Why Do So Many Eritreans Risk Their Lives Fleeing the Country?

"Eritrea is an authoritarian state. There is no independent justice system, no parliament, no democratic institutions to speak of. "

16 September 2016

Zimbabweans Can't Stop Giggling About a ‘Hideous’ Statue of Longtime President Mugabe

"Good thing Dominic #Benhura made this ugly statue of #Mugabe. Citizens will enjoy knocking it down when he falls."

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