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Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa

27 November 2015

Gambia's President Bans Female Genital Mutilation, but There's Still Much Work to Be Done

"Lost in all the the fact that FGM is not banned in The Gambia, at least not yet. There is no enforceable law on the books"

26 November 2015

Iran's Supreme Leader Tweets Commentary on Global Conflicts, Blaming the US

"[Supreme] Leader in meeting with Russian president: America always try to put rivals in status of passiveness but you neutralized this policy."

‘If There Is One Thing the Angolan Government Is Scared of, It Is People’

Read part two of an interview with Laurinda Gouveia, who is accused of inciting rebellion against the Angolan government for participating in a book group.

25 November 2015

An Interview With Laurinda Gouveia, a Young Woman Charged With Conspiring Against the Angolan Government

"Even today, physically, I bear physical evidence of this beating. And, obviously, my way of looking at these men is not the same as it was before..."

The Place to Be for African Web Activism Will Be Dakar, Senegal From November 26-28

On November 26, Senegalese and Guinean bloggers will launch a league of African bloggers and cyber-activists in Dakar known as Africtivistes.

23 November 2015

Zambian Journalist and Global Voices Contributor Gershom Ndhlovu Dies

Respected journalist Gershom Ndhlovu, whose worked to "leave a better Zambia for our children and their children", passed away over the weekend.

21 November 2015

Following the Paris Attacks, Some Africans Wonder If All Human Lives Are of Equal Value

“I refuse to acknowledge that some human beings are more special than the rest of us,” one Facebook user said.

18 November 2015

Africans Wonder What Pope Francis’ Visit Will Achieve for the Continent

Can the ‘political pope,’ as he is increasingly being called, advance peace and promote reconciliation in Africa where so many others have failed?

16 November 2015

Uganda’s Presidential Race Is Here Again, As Museveni Looks to Extend His 30-Year Rule

The campaigns have already exposed divisions in society, as President Museveni pushes to extend his presidency past a quarter century.

12 November 2015

The Crisis in Burundi Takes a Troubling Turn for the Worse

"...if the Burundian population remains poor, with all of the problems that come with a large population and a small territory, the country will always have violent cycles."

9 November 2015

On Net Freedom Report in Africa, The Gambia Scores Poorly

The Gambia, the tiny West African state, is the second worst when it comes to internet freedom in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sassou-Nguesso on the Path of Other African Presidents-for-Life After Congolese Referendum

Young citizens of Congo (Brazaville) protests the President Sassou-Nguesso's attempt to run for an additional term.

7 November 2015

Zambia’s Master Class in Mishandling ICT Exams

Introducing information and communication technologies to Zambia's secondary schools seemed like a great idea, until it came time to hold exams.

2 November 2015

Mozambicans Start a Petition Against the High Cost of Internet

Prices for internet access have jumped after Mozambique´s National Communication Institute (INCM) cut subsidies to local internet providers by 75%, undermining government's supposed pro-internet position.

1 November 2015

How Successful Was Ghana's #DumsorMustStop Vigil?

How do you define the success of a mass protest?

27 October 2015

#FeesMustFall Hashtag in South Africa Turns Into #FeesHaveFallen. But Have They?

"The reality is that #FeesHaveFallen has been hushed into FeesHaveNotFallen. Nothing's changed; something has been prevented."

26 October 2015

‘Our Detention Tells a Broader Story About Our Country': Reflections From Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers

Global Voices Advocacy

"To our incarcerators who gave us those ordeals, even if you are not asking us for forgiveness, here we are."

25 October 2015

The Story of an Ethiopian Girl Who Fought Abduction, and the Lawyers Who Saved Her Life

"Difret" means "courage" in the Amharic language. A new film by that name tells the story of an Ethiopian girl who was kidnapped by men to enforce a "traditional" marriage.

24 October 2015

A Canadian First: A Somali Immigrant Wins a Seat in Parliament

From refugee to Parliament Hill: Ahmed Hussen is Canada's first member of parliament of Somali descent.

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