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· September, 2015

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from September, 2015

28 September 2015

Miles to Go Before They Rest: Voices from the Croatia-Serbia Border Crossing

The Bridge

When those seeking refuge pass through areas like the Serbia-Croatia border crossing, they've already travelled many, many miles—but for most of them it's a mere fraction of the total journey.

23 September 2015

Zone9 Bloggers Are Not Alone: More Ethiopian Netizens Face Terrorism Charges

Global Voices Advocacy

Alongside the now-famous case of the Zone9 bloggers, there are so many detained Ethiopian bloggers, online activists and politicians, whose names are not yet on the map. Last year on July...

22 September 2015

3 Keys to Understanding the Burkina Faso Coup

Learn who is behind the coup, what this has to do with upcoming elections and why all eyes are on citizen movements' reactions to the crisis.

20 September 2015

Guinean Bloggers Battle the Digital Divide and Threats to Free Speech

Abdoulaye Bah reports Guinea's second blogcamp on how local bloggers are building the online community and opposing restrictions on free speech imposed before the elections.

Ugandan Minister Mysteriously Dies, the Internet Goes Haywire

The sudden death of General Aronda, Uganda's Internal Affairs Minister and former Chief Of Defence Forces, created an outpouring of condolences and a wave of conspiracy theories on social media.

18 September 2015

South Africa's President Blames the West for Surge in Refugees, So ‘They Must Address It’

Jacob Zuma said the West was guilty of opening the floodgates of refugees by taking military action in Libya, a statement that divided netizens.

#DearMrPresident: South Africans Write to President Zuma on Twitter

An open letter to South Africa's President Jacob Zuma about rising crime levels caused an outpouring of criticism from citizens on Twitter with the hashtag #DearMrPresident.

16 September 2015

Refugees Met with Generosity and Suspicion in France

Despite enduring fear and suspicion towards refugees, many citizens initiatives have been launched or scaled up in France to meet their needs.

9 September 2015

Kenyan Public Intellectual Accused of Using Hate Speech on Twitter

Global Voices Advocacy

Kenyan political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi apologises to the Luo ethnic group and Law Society of Kenya head by offering a goat and a beer after attacking them on Twitter.

8 September 2015

Ugandan Musician Guvnor Ace's May-December Romance Becomes Fodder for Gossip

A 27-year-old musician, Guvnor Ace, has married a 68-year-old Swedish woman. Was it for love or money? Ugandans can't stop speculating, prompting him to release a song called "Old Woman".

7 September 2015

Everyday Life in a Fragile State

The Bridge

"'Why South Sudan?' someone asked. It's true, but somewhat feeble, to say South Sudan is unlike any other place." Pernille Baerendtsen shares personal impressions on leaving the world's newest country.

Malian Web Activists Finance Academic Support for Timbuktu Students

In Timbuktu, Malian activists are putting together a project that aims to help 200 students, of whom around 50 are girls, prepare for their end-of-year exams.

5 September 2015

Inside the Trial of Zone9 Bloggers: 16 Months and Counting

Global Voices Advocacy

The Zone9 bloggers' trial continues, with relatives prevented from documenting the proceedings, and frequent adjournments in court obstructing the progress of justice. Read Endalk Chala's latest report.

4 September 2015

Ghanaians Offer Glimpses of Their Everyday Lives With the Hashtag #233Moments

What do Ghanaians do at 2:33 GMT? #233Moments hasghtag will tell you.

3 September 2015

Zambia's First Lady Faces Accusations of Being a Political ‘Santa Claus’

Opposition leader Edith Nawakwi alleged that Esther Lungu was using the donations and tours in rural Zambia to campaign for her husband ahead of the 2016 presidential and general elections.

2 September 2015

Integrity Crisis Brews as Nigeria's President Buhari Disowns Election Promises

"Buhari now says that campaign commitments made by his party were not made by him... For a President elected on a platform of integrity, this is duplicitous. It is unacceptable."

Hundreds of Austrians and Germans Turn Out to Welcome Refugees Arriving From Hungary

Refugees travelling through Austria to Germany were greeted with applause at train stations by Austrians and Germans bearing not only good will, but food, water sanitary products and toys.

Are Term Limits and Mandatory Political Changeover Really in the Interest of African Nations?

The Bridge

In countries with few leading figures capable of securing the role of head of state, constitutionally mandated political changeover can be a real constraint on the political process.

1 September 2015

Tech Communities in Francophone Africa Rise to the Challenge of Their Anglophone Counterparts

French-speaking Africa has been remarkably absent from the flurry of media coverage on "Silicon Savannah." But the emergence of promising new projects in tech innovation mean that may soon change.

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