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Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa

21 September 2017

Equatoguinean Artist Carmen Bolena Explores Her History and Identity Through Her Drawings

"All of this discovery was restorative for my troubled conscience. It no longer hurts to recognize that I am black. I am and I say it bursting with pride."

Lawmakers From Uganda's Ruling Party Want to Remove the Country's Presidential Age Limit

"20 or even 30 years from now, President Museveni will be asking for more terms...At that time, you will look back and wish you did something today."

In Tanzania, Hepatitis Is a Serious Concern, but HIV/AIDS Remains Deadlier

Data shows that while infection and transmission rates for hepatitis are growing, HIV/AIDS causes more deaths overall.

18 September 2017

The Conflict in Eastern Ethiopia, Explained

The latest conflict in Ethiopia killed at least dozens of people and displaced thousands. The cause of the violence again was scarce water and land resources.

14 September 2017

Ugandan Police Investigate a Serial Murder Spree Targeting Women

"It is so saddening that we have not got the actual suspects. The manner in which some of the women are being killed is very terrible and humiliating."

8 September 2017

The Endless Conflict That Plagues the Central African Republic

The signs of a foreseeable genocide are present everywhere at the moment with limited support available from the international community on the ground.

7 September 2017

Netizen Report: Togo Government Shuts Down Internet and SMS as Protests Escalate

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

31 August 2017

Is Cameroonian Journalist Ahmed Abba’s Imprisonment Because of Security, or Is It an Attack on the Press?

"This is an attack on the press. It's as if they want to criminalize journalism as an occupation in Cameroon. All they're accusing Ahmed Abba of is being a professional."

‘Massacre’ of Suspected Gang Members Has Mozambicans Asking: What's the Role of Police?

Police maintained their intention was "to neutralize" the men, who died in a shootout. Some Mozambicans were quick to say police shouldn't be in the business of killing people.

30 August 2017

Provisional Election Results Show Angola's Longtime Ruling Party Is Staying Put

On 23 August, more than 9 million Angolans were called to elect the new president.

29 August 2017

Nigeria's President Surprises With a Speech Not About His Health, but About Ethnic Tensions

President Muhammadu Buhari finally returned after three months in the UK on medical vacation, and his first public address flagged online comments that "question[ed] our collective existence as a nation."

27 August 2017

Shanty Towns in Conakry and Freetown: Mismanagement and Vulnerability in Africa's Booming Capitals

For several days now, bulldozers have been demolishing houses in Démoudoula, Conakry, leaving men, women and children on the streets.

25 August 2017

Residents of Ethiopia's Oromia Region Strike to Demand Release of Political Prisoners

Normally crowded streets and shops were empty as Oromos stayed home from work.

19 August 2017

Dear Tanzanian Cinephiles, Your Local Film Industry Needs Your Support

The Bridge

Tanzania is blessed with countless stories and young people who are craving to tell them. But they need their compatriots' support in order to succeed.

18 August 2017

A Kenyan Artist Designs Revolutionary ‘Kanga’ Celebrating Queer Love Around the World

The Bridge

"We need to open up a space to talk more about sex, and then artists like me want to open that up even more, to talk about queerness."

History Repeats Itself, Violently, in Burkina Faso

"Every time, they come to kill our brothers. Those are two restaurants beloved of Burkinabe that have been targeted."

17 August 2017

Banning School-Going Mums Probably Won't Reduce Teen Pregnancy in Tanzania

President John Magufuli has chastised NGOs in Tanzania for encouraging teenage mothers to go back to school, stating that they were leading to a state of "moral decay" in Tanzania.

11 August 2017

A Young Engineer From Niger Is Taking on Industrial Air Pollution With His Invention

The T-shaped device captures the CO2-containing heavy substances from the fumes via an affinity-based chemical assay that binds CO2 particles.

Record-Breaking Action Movie ‘Wolf Warriors 2′ Takes Chinese Nationalism to a New Level

"This movie is horrible and unreasonable, a dream of idiotic patriotism."

9 August 2017

Jokes, Hashtags and Fake News: The Story of Social Media in Kenya's Closely Contested Election

This year’s campaign has made history as the most affected by the spread of fake news, a recent study showed.

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