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· January, 2017

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from January, 2017

30 January 2017

‘Operation Restore Democracy’ Raises Hopes and Demands Across Africa

Energized by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh's ouster, Africans are now criticizing many of the region's international groups for failing to remove other “dictators.”

28 January 2017

Originally Sentenced to Death, a Blogger Goes Before Mauritania's Supreme Court

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In 2014, Ould Mkhaitir was arrested and convicted of "apostasy" over an opinion article in which he addressed Mauritania's discriminatory caste system.

Goodbye to Buchi Emecheta, Celebrated Nigerian Novelist Who Broke Gender Barriers

"Perhaps Emecheta’s grandest legacy was making us realise that feminism isn’t alien to Africa. She clearly defined African feminism as one that is different from that of the West."

27 January 2017

The Struggle to End Female Genital Mutilation in Africa

"If I had previously known what I know today, I would never have circumcised a single woman. We have caused much suffering to many daughters and wives."

23 January 2017

“The Human Rights Situation in Burundi Is Deteriorating: We Need a New Approach to Show the World What is Happening”

"Strained relations in Burundi are causing price hikes and making life very difficult for the population. We need an urgent resolution to the Burundi crisis".

22 January 2017

The Long Road of Burundi’s Diplomatic Isolation

Over the past several months, Burundi’s ongoing political-security crisis has exacerbated diplomatic tensions and local economic decline.

14 January 2017

Get to Know Barry Diawadou, the Guinean Independence Hero the Government Prefers to Forget

Let the unknown leaders of the national independence struggle be known again.

Do You Know Kilishi? Feast Your Eyes on this Sahelian Culinary Delight from Niger!

Discover an underrated but extremely tasty traditional dish from Niger.

12 January 2017

Kenyans Fear a Possible Internet Shutdown During 2017 Presidential Election

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Kenya would be not the first country in Africa to shut down its Internet during elections -- Uganda and The Gambia have already gone this far.

11 January 2017

Will 2017 Be a Year of Political Change in Angola? Most Think Not.

After 37 years in office is President José Eduardo dos Santos really going to step back from power, as he seemed to announce?

In Niger and Worldwide, a Legendary Surgeon and Humanitarian Is Mourned

Jean-Marie Servant, a specialist in reconstructive plastic surgery, a celebrated humanitarian, and a “giant among men,” has died. On social media, his friends are remembering his compassion and genius.

10 January 2017

Is Insecurity Threatening Cultural Growth in Mali?

The Yaraal and Degal ceremonies mark the annual rituals of Peuls people in Mali, as they celebrate their cattle's crossing the Niger River.

6 January 2017

Is the World Ignoring Possible Genocide in Southern Kaduna in Nigeria?

"The level of barbarity was such that pregnant women got their wombs blown out and massacred before their children. And these innocent children were not spared either..."

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