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· January, 2015

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from January, 2015

36 Killed, Internet Shut Down Briefly in DR Congo as Protests Flare Against President Kabila

Violent clashes between police and protesters against Kabila's electoral reform have resulted in 36 deaths in DR Congo over the past few days.

Cape Town's Fancy Galada Sings to Heal Herself and Others

Fancy Galada grew up quickly, taking care of her younger siblings at age 10. And at times it was terrifying. She sings to help herself heal from those early experiences.

How Muslim and Christian Women in Nigeria Banded Together to Fight Violent Extremism

Pastor Esther Ibanga and local Muslim religious leader Khadija Hawaja founded Women Without Walls a few years ago in a bid to return safety and security to their communities.

Why Hasn't the Baga Massacre Made as Many Headlines as the Charlie Hebdo Attack?

Is it because of Western media's skewed news priorities? The Nigerian government's own tight-lipped response? Local Nigerian media's ineptitude? The answer is all three, argues Nwachukwu Egbunike.

A 16-Year-Old's Death Is Forcing Ethiopia to Confront Its Sexual Violence Problem

Hanna Lalango was 16 years old when she was kidnapped while riding home from school, gang-raped and left severely injured on an Addis Ababa street.

‘Africapitalism': Africa's New Way Forward?

Acting on a concept he invented five years ago, a Nigerian economist and philanthropist now says he's ready to invest $100 million in young African entrepreneurs.

Nigerians Blast Government's Response (or Lack Thereof) to Boko Haram's Baga Massacre

Those politicians who have responded to the massacre are busy quibbling over the death toll, which ranges from 150 to 2,000 people. Netizens are furious.

The Man Behind 263Chat, an Award-Winning Platform for Conversation in Zimbabwe

Nigel Mugamu launched #263Chat in September 2012. "We like to amplify people’s voices too – that’s important to us," he says.

What Drives Blasphemy Charges in the Middle East? (It's Not Just Religion)

Sentenced to death for his online writing, Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed is yet another victim of a repressive government using “apostasy” pretexts to crack down political speech.

Upcoming Documentary Looks at Causes of Somali Conflict

Sierra Leone: An Unlikely Fashion Hotspot

Kenyan Blog OilNews Among World’s Top Oil and Gas Websites

Kenya Monitor: Mobile Citizen Media and News App

MTN South Africa launches FrontRow

Activists Persecuted for Opposing Land-Grab-Driven Slavery in Mauritania

Dah Abeid and a few other human activists were arrested by the police in November and are now awaiting their trials.

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