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Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa

21 July 2017

Luxury Lifestyle of the Congolese President's Entourage Attracts Attention of French Investigators

"Between 2008 and 2011, several tens of millions of euros from the Congolese public purse are thought to have passed through offshore companies."

19 July 2017

A Water Weed Is Damaging Ethiopia's Largest Lake and Putting Livelihoods at Risk

The lake has become a symbol of the dire state of Ethiopia’s natural resources at a time when Ethiopia’s fast-growing population needs more of everything.

Ethiopia's Music of Resistance Stays Strong, Despite Repression

Global Voices Advocacy

Amid wide-scale protests and a violent government crackdown, Afan Oromo musicians have begun to rise as a visible — and audible — driving inspiration for the opposition movement.

12 July 2017

As Ethnic Hate Speech Rises, Nigerian Writers Push Back

Global Voices Advocacy

The confusion has been exacerbated by the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari who has been on medical leave in London since May, leaving behind a divided nation.

8 July 2017

Teodorín N. O. Mangue, Son of the President of Equatorial Guinea, Faces Justice in Paris

The defendant did not deign to travel to Paris and was represented by three lawyers there. Their strategy consisted in arguing that he benefits from diplomatic immunity.

7 July 2017

A Pop Star Who Sings About Social Justice Is Uganda’s Newest Legislator

Bobi Wine used to sing about policy issues. Now he has a chance to shape policy in parliament.

The Fraught Relationship Between Ethiopia's Capital City and Largest State

A bill seeks to redress historical injustices inflicted on the Oromo people since the establishment of the capital Addis Ababa inside their state. Does it go far enough? Too far?

5 July 2017

Many Mozambicans Aren't on Board With a Minister's Idea of Using Old Buses as Classrooms

"I have nothing against recycling, but to suggest that the children of the poor be squeezed into the old buses from the companies’ trash..."

29 June 2017

Fall Armyworms Are Ravaging Crops in Many African Countries

"They've finished eating the wild plants and are now going into the villages where there is more vegetation. They eat everything in their path. All plant life is at risk."

26 June 2017

An Angolan Governor Loses His Job After Criticizing His Own Political Party in an Interview

Isaac Maria dos Anjos, ex-governor of the Angolan provínce of Benguela, is famous for his criticisms of the ruling MPLA party.

25 June 2017

False Rumors of a Collapsed Tunnel in Madagascar Raise Questions about Cybercrime and Punishment

Global Voices Advocacy

Moral of the story so far: No one is anonymous behind his screen; don’t take everything that is said on the internet at face value.

24 June 2017

In a Guardian Story About an Environmental Conflict in Kenya, the White Saviour Rides Again

The Bridge

The Guardian's portrayal of an Italian expat as the central figure in a noble fight to save the environment from local hordes erases the complex reality of a Kenyan region.

23 June 2017

The 1944 Thiaroye Massacre in Senegal, a Shameful Episode of the French Colonial Period in Africa

"In 1944, African soldiers, liberators of France, were massacred by... France itself. These African servicemen had committed only one crime: that of being African."

22 June 2017

Nigerians Celebrate the Election of Seven British-Nigerians to the UK Parliament

While the federal government of Nigerians is congratulating the new MPs, some Nigerians say the government should not appropriate the electoral victory of the British-Nigerians.

21 June 2017

As Deadline to Leave Saudi Arabia Nears, Ethiopian Workers Trapped Between Two Bad Choices

"It is horrifying that most Ethiopians have not shown an interest in returning home despite risk of violence."

20 June 2017

Filmed Beating of Somali Woman Highlights the Dangers That Europe-Bound Refugees Face

“I was in complete shock to see her video that I can’t even explain. Not one human being deserves to be treated that way regardless of what they did.”

16 June 2017

Witch Doctors’ Latest Victims Are Bald Men in Mozambique, Police Say

"[I would like] a nation where the people looked for honest jobs and did not have to hurt or even take the lives of others," one blogger wrote.

12 June 2017

Why an Ethiopian-Born British Citizen Ran in the UK's General Election

"Proud of Yemi Hailemariam, the wife of #AndyTsege who made it all the way to #Maidenhead to meet @theresa_may & demand for @FreeAndargachew."

10 June 2017

With the Ebola Outbreak Over, the US Wants a Group of West African Immigrants to Go Home

They were in the US legally due to a statute offered to people from countries in crisis. Now, their crisis is deemed over, but it's not easy to return home.

8 June 2017

A Mozambican Politician Who Was Imprisoned for Corruption Returns to His Post After Release

"I do not believe that somebody should be rewarded like this, somebody who has at some point seriously offended the state."

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