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· July, 2016

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from July, 2016

31 July 2016

South Sudanese Journalists Face Increasing Threats as Political Violence Peaks

Global Voices Advocacy

Journalists have long struggled to survive in Sudan and South Sudan, but the impact of the conflict that erupted in 2013 has made working in media even more dangerous.

27 July 2016

Ugandans Don't Want Their Government to Bail out Big Businesses

The privatisation of profit and socialisation of loss. Must we all pay for business failure when we didn't all share in the profits made?

26 July 2016

Political Conflict Triggers Turmoil in South Sudan, Leaving Hundreds Dead

An altercation involving President Salva Kiir and the Vice President Riek Machar, who have long been political rivals, swiftly unraveled into an armed conflict that lasted for several days.

24 July 2016

Samia Yusuf Omar Earned Fame as a Runner, But Died as a Refugee. A New Comic Honors Her.

Reinhard Kleist's latest comic book brings Olympic dreams and the refugee crisis to life.

Calls for the International Community to Intervene as Gambia Continues to Imprison Dissidents

Harsh prison sentences for opposition leaders and activists makes netizens concerned about the deteriorating human rights situation in The Gambia.

22 July 2016

Mauritanian Authorities Once Again Go After Anti-Slavery Activists

"Many work without rest, without wages for their master's benefit. They do not have the right to education, to freedom of movement, to travel or marry, without their owner's consent."

21 July 2016

Netizen Report: What do Zimbabwe, Kashmir, and Turkey Have in Common? Internet Censorship.

Global Voices Advocacy

In this edition, we report on #ShutdownZim protests that sparked Zimbabwe to block WhatsApp, the full-on Internet shutdown in Kashmir and ongoing social media censorship in Brazil, Ethiopia and Turkey.

18 July 2016

‘People Are Getting on Those Boats Because They Want to Live’

The rescue operation Sos Méditerranée publishes accounts of people who have survived journeys across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe on their blog.

17 July 2016

These African and Scandinavian Musicians Create Sweet Sounds in Copenhagen

“A Swedish guy, and a Mozambican guy, and a Danish guy, they’re speaking one language, which is the music language."

16 July 2016

A Young Liberian Refugee, Educated in America, Chooses to Move Back ‘Home’

Mercy Krua is a Liberian refugee who lives in Boston. Her son was also a Liberian refugee. But he decided to move back to Liberia and make his life there.

14 July 2016

Ethiopia Locks Down Digital Communications in Wake of #OromoProtests

Global Voices Advocacy

#OromoProtests content on social media has triggered many attempts by the government to limit digital traffic and block telecom services in Oromia.

13 July 2016

Ugandan President's Leisurely Roadside Phone Call Inspires the #M7Challenge on Twitter

"i think it would be a good way to say STOP TEXTING/CALLING WHILE DRIVING"

Foreign Intervention in South Sudan Unlikely, Despite Calls for Action

As South Sudan's government fails to end violent clashes, many in the country are looking to the international community for intervention.

Welcome to Mozambique, Where the Government Will Soon Have 450 New Security Cameras Aimed at You

According to one of Mozambique's most trusted newspapers, Canal de Moçambique, the government has begun installing 450 security cameras in the cities of Maputo and Matola.

11 July 2016

Ugandan President Appoints Wife, Opposition Leaders to Key Positions

"Just watch out for the total collapse of education in Uganda. This woman has no morals."

10 July 2016

Ugandan Legislator Hatches a Not-Too-Subtle Plan to Make Museveni President-for-Life

"MPs proposing lifting the presidential age limit are enemies of progress. Why not lift death limit so the ruler can live forever?"

8 July 2016

Angola's 15+2 Activists Released From Prison as They Await Appeal

The 17 activists were originally detained in June 2015, accused of organizing a rebellion. They say they were only discussing peaceful methods of protest.

7 July 2016

Africans Aren't Staying Silent About a Scottish Woman's Patronizing and Factually Inaccurate Gap Year Memoir

"To everyone railing against #LintonLies, let this be a reminder that WE have to tell our own stories. Write a blog/short story/etc. CREATE."

6 July 2016

An Ivorian Professor Helps a Student Focus on Class by Carrying Her Baby on His Back

"I think that what a teacher does to create social links with their students is just as important as the content of their classes."

Tax Evasion or Political Journalism? Private Newspaper’s Battle With Zambian Government Continues

Global Voices Advocacy

Unpaid taxes, arrests, alleged police brutality and upcoming elections have convoluted public perspective on whether Zambia's main independent newspaper should be allowed to remain operational.

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