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· October, 2016

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from October, 2016

31 October 2016

Timbuktu, Where There's ‘Justice for Monuments, but Not for Victims of Rape’

"In Mali, rape is a taboo subject. The victims’ lips are sealed by society’s gaze."

29 October 2016

Ethiopia's Regime Faces Precarious Times as Diaspora Plans for the Future

As protests gradually eat away at Ethiopia’s basic political and economic structures, the regime appears to be unsteady like never before.

28 October 2016

Report Shows How Ghana's Politicians Are Using Social Media Ahead of Elections

The second edition of the Governance Social Media Index assesses and ranks the presence of political parties, political party leaders and key election management bodies in Ghana on social media.

27 October 2016

Fonseca Says High Voter Abstention Doesn't Diminish His Presidential Win in Cape Verde

Jorge Carlos Fonseca won a recent presidential election in Cape Verde with 74 percent of the votes, renewing his term for another five years.

Conservationists in Madagascar Race to Exterminate Troubling Toad

Conservationists seek to eradicate a deadly Asian invader, but finding the necessary funds is proving difficult.

21 October 2016

Netizen Report: As Protests Rage in Ethiopia, Zone9 Bloggers Return to Court

Global Voices Advocacy

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

20 October 2016

Ghana's Opposition Party Is Running Wild With an Internet Challenge Surrounding a Juice Box

"Always love it when people turn their "misfortune" into a great success. That's what the #NPP has done with this #KalypoChallenge. Maturity"

Young Skaters in Rural South Africa Shred It Up in ‘Valley of a Thousand Hills’

Skateboarding isn't popular in South Africa, especially in black communities. As one young Zulu puts it, "We are skateboarders because we want to live a life which is good...and awesome."

17 October 2016

An Animated Video Explains the Powers of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Not sure what the court does? This video might help.

16 October 2016

Nigerian President Says First Lady ‘Belongs to My Kitchen’ and ‘The Other Room’

"I don't know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room," the president said.

13 October 2016

Ethiopia's State of Emergency: ‘The Last Sequence of a Brutal Authoritarian Regime'?

"We all know what #StateOfEmergency means,The usual suspects (our friends and activist we know) r in eminent danger now.It is sad."

11 October 2016

Ethiopian Authorities Shut Down Mobile Internet and Major Social Media Sites

Global Voices Advocacy

Those close to the situation fear this may be the beginning of a dangerous new phase after 12 months of protests.

The Plight of the Zambian Watchdog: Embattled Opposition News Site Goes Down

Global Voices Advocacy

The closure and the raid may represent a turning point in a long-standing cat-and-mouse game between the government and the controversial news website.

8 October 2016

A Businessman Missed the Tastes of Ethiopia—So He Starting Growing Them for Himself

"Different opportunities are provided by the two different places. I think more people should have two different countries. More than one, anyway!”

4 October 2016

Ethiopian Authorities Send a Chilling Message to the Oromo People With Deadly Holiday Crackdown

The violence has shaken Ethiopia, as it appears to be the first assault by security forces on a major cultural and religious ritual of the Oromo people.

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