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Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa

27 April 2017

Netizen Report: Censorship Spikes in India, Subsides in Cameroon

Global Voices Advocacy

The Internet is back on in English-speaking Cameroon, while social media has been shut down in Kashmir. Journalists in Maldives mourn the stabbing death of a blogger.

It’s a Small World After All: Into the Deep Podcast

Spend time with someone from a different country or who speaks a different language, and you'll soon realize you have more in common than you first thought.

22 April 2017

A House Divided: Ethiopian Runners Separated by Politics Face Off at London Marathon

Feyisa Lelisa and Kenenisa Bekele, two of the world's greatest marathon runners, are both from the same ethnic group. But that is where the similarities stop.

20 April 2017

Ethiopia's Human Rights Commission Admits Protesters Were Killed, but Shifts Blame Away From Government

“God Save Us from Subservient Human Right Commission that intimidates the public”

19 April 2017

Burundi's Political Instability Is Worsening the Country's Food Crisis

While the whole of East Africa has been hit with a serious food crisis due to extreme weather, Burundi's political volatility has made the situation worse.

18 April 2017

A Collaborative Project Maps the World’s Vulnerable Communities Before Disaster Strikes

Rising Voices

The Missing Maps project combines the work of volunteers contributing remotely, on-the-ground community leaders, and humanitarian organizations.

17 April 2017

Ugandan Academic and Sanitary Pad Campaign Leader Faces Criminal Charges For ‘Computer Misuse’

Global Voices Advocacy

Nyanzi's story has become a rallying opportunity for Ugandans who oppose the Musveni government.

So You’d Like to Start Computing in Your Own Language

Rising Voices

Twelve tips for free software localization for minoritized and indigenous languages.

14 April 2017

Some South Africans Argue It's Not Just Their Country's Credit Rating That's Junk Status

They blasted the country's president, historical and present-day inequality, and the rating agencies themselves after S&P Global Ratings and Fitch downgraded South Africa.

Some of Ghana's Media Houses Are Social Media Stars, While Others Take a Pass

The 1st Quarter Social Media Index report for 2017, released by the non-profit organisation Penplusbytes, surveys the use of social media by newspapers, TV stations and radio stations.

2 April 2017

International Fact-Checking Day Celebrated Worldwide: #FactCheckIt!

Fact-checkers around the world have declared April 2 as a day dedicated to verification and truth. Are you with them?

30 March 2017

The Internet Blackout in English-Speaking Cameroon Continues

Global Voices Advocacy

How and why Cameroon has denied internet access to its English-speaking population.

28 March 2017

Uganda's Assistant Inspector General Is the Third Government Official Murdered in As Many Years

After a high ranking police officer is gunned down, Uganda's president has called for the country's police force to be cleaned up, saying it has been "infiltrated by thugs".

27 March 2017

Inspired by a Pioneering Nigerian Author, Yorùbá Language Advocate Takes to the Internet

Rising Voices

"...I knew I had to propagate the Yorùbá heritage to the world and the cheapest and easiest way to do that is via the international network of computers."

25 March 2017

What's Old Is New: Are You Listening? Podcast

We take you to Jamaica, Indonesia, Syria, Macedonia and Ethiopia for tales of remembering, revival and resurgence in this podcast.

24 March 2017

A Century Later, Namibia Demands Justice From Germany for Its First Holocaust

In the early twentieth century, the German Empire committed a holocaust against 65,000 Herero and 10,000 Nama. A century later, Namibia is fighting for justice.

23 March 2017

These Techies Want Your Phone to Speak to You in Swahili

Rising Voices

Swahili is the second-most-widely-used language on the African continent. Yet automatic speech recognition isn’t commercially available in this language, denying many users the information they need.

22 March 2017

Angola Is on Its Way to Ban Abortion Entirely and Women Are Fighting Back

Angola could join the handful of countries in the world which currently ban abortion in all cases.

14 March 2017

Africa’s Green Energy Challenge: Mega Projects, Off-Grid or Somewhere in Between?

South of the Sahara, getting electricity to 620 million people may require an all-of-the-above strategy.

11 March 2017

The 12 Faces of a Ugandan Woman

From the chess champion born in one of the country's largest slums to the parliamentary speaker. Celebrate them all.

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