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Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa

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.

22 May 2017

Helping Write The Story of Sex Workers in Uganda

The Bridge

Every day over 300 women go to Bwaise, a slum district in northern Kampala, Uganda, to sell sex.

21 May 2017

Ethiopia’s Cholera-Denying Candidate to Lead the World's Top Health Body Is Taking a Battering Online

"I fear that the WHO’s reputation will be tarnished and credibility questioned if it elects Dr. Tedros Adhanom."

16 May 2017

As WHO Director-General Election Nears, Ethiopia’s Candidate Is Accused of Cholera Cover-Ups

"Finally! The @NYTimes calls out @WHO DG candidate @DrTedros for covering up cholera epidemic using the euphemism of Acute Water Diarrhea."

14 May 2017

For Refugees in Seattle, Rising Rents Mean the Search for Home Isn’t Over

As rents rise in Seattle on the US west coast, Congolese refugees are facing the very real threat of homelessness.

12 May 2017

This Platform Has Helped Thousands of Migrants Reconnect with Their Families Back Home

Around the world, an estimated 65 million people who, for one reason or another, have been forced to flee their homelands. This platform aims to reunite broken families.

How a Rural South African Village's DIY Telco Lowered Its Communication Costs

Rising Voices

"Of course all of this is not about the internet itself, it is about the collaboration, the skills, the social needs, the building something together."

10 May 2017

Where to Find the Best African Food in Paris, According to the African Diaspora

Global Voices reviews of the best African restaurants in the Paris region, tried and tested by natives, as well as those discovering African food for the first time.

7 May 2017

Nigerians Celebrate the Release of 82 Chibok Girls from Boko Haram's Captivity

The girls were set free following negotiations between the government and Boko Haram militants.

6 May 2017

A Bus Crash Claims the Lives of Dozens of Children in Northern Tanzania

The East African nation has one of the highest rates of road fatalities on the continent.

3 May 2017

Tanzania's President Fires 10,000 Civil Servants Over Forged Qualifications

The decision is part of President John Magufuli's stated drive to reform the civil service.

For Opponents, WHO Director General Nominee Tedros Adhanom Represents Ethiopia's Repressive Government

Ethiopians who feel marginalized by their country's government are campaigning hard against him online.

2 May 2017

Fighting Fire With Fire: African Regional Body Proposes High Costs for Internet Shutdowns

Global Voices Advocacy

A new proposal would cut off technical resources for governments that shut down the Internet. But if governments go offline, the effects will unquestionably be felt by the public.

30 April 2017

A Royal Misdemeanour Makes for a Heated Discussion in Nigeria

"I even love the Ooni of Ife more after the snub meted out to him by the uppity head of a tiny chiefdom. Oba Akiolu of Lagos played himself."

CNN Reignites the Great West African Jollof Rice War During Visit to Nigeria

Cries of indignation rang out all over Nigeria after a CNN journalist put the country's information minister in a tight spot with a provocative question about a popular dish.

29 April 2017

The Lonely Death of One of Ethiopia's Most Public Men

In Assefa’s death, one may find the sadness of exile, something which is both deeply personal and political.

How Two Students in the US Turned Their Online Popularity Into Big Money for Famine Aid in Somalia

It began with a video of Liban Adam drinking a giant bowl of camel’s milk and ended in a one-month $80,000 fundraiser.

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.

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