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Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa

27 June 2020

Taking down statues: France confronts its colonial and slave trade past

Amid global action against racism, France has been divided for several weeks over what to do about statues of historical figures that are connected to slavery and colonialism.

25 June 2020

Afro-Czechs on visibility, racism and life in the Czech Republic (Part II)

"For Czech society, accepting that a non-white person can be Czech is too unusual and often not digestible."

24 June 2020

Afro-Czechs on visibility, racism and life in the Czech Republic (Part I)

The Czech society started discussing ethnic discrimination and diversity after the fall of Communism, which had erroneously claimed to have eradicated racism.

23 June 2020

People with disabilities left stranded during national lockdown in Uganda

COVID-19

In Uganda, the needs of marginalized people — especially those of persons with disabilities — were conspicuously absent in President Yoweri Museveni’s COVID-19 directives.

22 June 2020

Remembering Amadou Diallo, a Guinean victim of police brutality in the USA

Amadou Diallo, a Guinean in the USA, was shot 41 times by NYC police. His family sued the city and settled for $3 million and created the Amadou Diallo Foundation in...

20 June 2020

Fish prices spike as Cameroon’s mangroves face total depletion 

COVID-19

Cameroonians rely heavily on mangroves for fish and firewood, but exploiting its resources has pushed it to the brink. A spike in fish prices is largely blamed on mangrove depletion.

19 June 2020

The Kano COVID-19 deaths: Forced relocations and disinformation creates widespread confusion (Part II)

COVID-19

Forced relocations of children contributed to the possible spread of COVID-19 and online disinformation along ethnoreligious lines added to the general confusion surrounding mass deaths in Kano State, Nigeria.

The Kano COVID-19 deaths: Stories untold (Part I)

COVID-19

Our research reconstructed the failure of authorities to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Kano, which resulted in hundreds of deaths despite persistent mass media and social media documentation.

18 June 2020

No medicine, no healing: Sudan’s pharmaceutical crisis

COVID-19

Since 2016, medicine prices in Sudan have risen exponentially. To make matters worse, the government’s central bank lacks the foreign currency necessary to import essential drugs from abroad.

16 June 2020

A new game plays with ideas about how disinformation works in East Africa

AdvoxCOVID-19

"Chose Your Own Fake News" is an online game that teaches new internet users how to be more discerning about the information they receive and encounter in digital spaces.

15 June 2020

Going far together: The East African diaspora steps up to address COVID-19 in their home region

The BridgeCOVID-19

To tackle the lack of information about COVID-19 and a shortage of PPE, members of East Africa’s diaspora in the US are taking action to help their homelands from afar.

Part II: Roadblocks to health care for women during COVID-19 in East Africa

COVID-19

Under COVID-19 curfew in Kenya, transport providers have either been unable or unwilling to transport pregnant women in labor to health facilities for fear of harassment by security agencies.

Part I: Health care information access for women during COVID-19 in East Africa

COVID-19

In Kenya, pregnant women struggle to get uninterrupted access to sexual and reproductive health-related information and education during the pandemic — on and offline. 

14 June 2020

French police arrest Félicien Kabuga, alleged financier of genocide in Rwanda

After 26 years on the run, Rwanda genocide suspect Félicien Kabuga was arrested in a Parisian suburb on May 16 and transferred to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on...

11 June 2020

War in Darfur: Wanted by the ICC, militia leader Ali Kushayb surrenders

Ali Kushayb, a renowned war criminal wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity in Darfur, Sudan, finally surrendered himself after years in hiding to the courts on June 9,...

Mozambicans take to social media to piece together the truth about the Cabo Delgado attacks

Over 900 have been killed since the start of the attacks and over 150,000 have been affected, according to a government report.

Tanzanian women’s savings and loan groups in flux during COVID-19

COVID-19

In Tanzania and around the world, COVID-19 exposes the vulnerability of microfinance savings and loan groups during large-scale crises.

10 June 2020

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza unexpectedly dies, but the political party continues

COVID-19

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza unexpectedly died, but the CNDD-FDD political party — in power since 2005 — continues.

8 June 2020

The rise of artemisia in Cameroon in the fight against COVID-19

COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases continue to soar in Cameroon, many who believe in local herbs have turned to the potent artemisia plant as the government reopens the economy in the country. 

In Guinea, COVID-19 roadblocks result in bloody protests

COVID-19

On May 12, Guinea was rocked by bloody violence between security forces and citizens exasperated by power cuts and COVID-19 prevention roadblocks.

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