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Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa

#EndSARS protest movement at a crossroads as government evades the issue

The Nigerian government has shown zero commitment to protesters’ demands for police reform but wallows in self-deluding verbal platitudes that are as ineffectual as they are dishonest.

Ending police brutality in Nigeria: A festival of lights to honor the dead

Protesters from the #EndSARS movement agreed to hold a festival of lights on Friday night in honor of heroes who lost their lives due to police brutality.

For journalists in Kenya, ‘2020 is the worst year on record’

Since the novel coronavirus outbreak in Kenya in March, more than 47 cases of arbitrary arrest, assault and harassment have been perpetrated against bloggers, online activists and human rights defenders.

The struggle to end Nigeria's brutal SARS police unit continues

The question of control over SARS has not been adequately answered. The constitution vested control of the police to the presidency under the police chief. But that chain-of-command has broken.

‘Lazy’ Nigerian youth mobilize #EndSARS protest from social media to the streets

Described as ‘lazy’ by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, with a significant number unemployed, stereotyped as ‘unserious’, these digitally savvy youth have proved critics wrong. 

In rural Malawi, inadequate health care facilities is a matter of life or death

Malawi's new government under the Tonse Alliance was elected on a range of promises, including the delivery of essential health care in the country.

In Sudan, women and minorities targeted by online harassment lack legal protections

Sudan currently does very little to protect women and other minority groups and communities from harassment, putting their ability to exercise their fundamental rights online at risk.

Digital rights in Africa is still far from the internet freedom we desire

Despite the prevailing circumstance, but hopeful about the future, eight Global Voices contributors from six African countries discuss Internet freedom and how digital rights can be promoted in the continent.

Protests in Angola demand justice for Silvio Dala, a doctor who died in police custody

Demonstrators and the Union of Doctors challenge the police's version of events, which says Dala died after fainting and falling at the police station.

Toward a cyberfeminist future: A new study centers African women as protagonists online

Over 3,000 women from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, and South Africa, were interviewed about their "perceptions of digital safety" and online gender-based violence in a new, large-scale study by Pollicy.

It’s time to remove Sudan from the US’ state-sponsored terrorism list

Sudan landed on the US state sponsor of terrorism list in 1993, but none of the original reasons still hold now. It’s time to remove Sudan from the SST list. 

The untold plight of imprisoned women in Africa, the Americas, and Asia under the pandemic

"Not only are women at risk of contracting COVID-19, they are also exposed to an increased threat of sexual violence during the pandemic."

Artists from Gabon to Mozambique interrogate the meaning of ‘Global South’ in new online exhibition

The "Global South" is a loaded, highly political term. "Where is South?" a new, online exhibition featuring work from 90 artists who challenge notions of "south" through artist books, launches...

Nigerians demand names of politicians slammed with US visa ban

The US visa ban extends to politicians who promoted violence during the 2019 national elections and undermined Nigeria’s democratic process. 

African Union turns to biosurveillance tech to curb COVID-19

PanaBIOS, an African Union-backed biosurveillance technology, can track the spread of COVID-19 and connect testing centers across the continent.

School children and their teacher kidnapped in Nigeria's Kaduna, as armed bandits run amok

The armed bandits who abducted four students and their teacher from Damba-Kasaya, Kaduna State, Nigeria are demanding a ransom to release their captives.  

In DR Congo, will new legislation protect citizens’ digital rights?

In Democratic Republic of Congo, a citizen movement is underway to reclaim digital rights that have been violated for years under a vague and outdated legislation.

Why Malawi urgently needs a data protection law

In January 2018, the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) announced a mandatory national sim card registration exercise tied to the national ID process.

Historic peace deal in Sudan signed during historic flooding

A historic peace deal with rebel groups in Sudan also comes during historic flooding that has ushered in a humanitarian disaster. What are the government’s plans to make life easier?

At least 15 students were ‘impregnated by instructors’ in Mozambican police academy, internal report says

The document states that the pregnancies resulted from the students' sexual relations with their instructors, without specifying whether these relations were consensual.

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