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· March, 2017

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from March, 2017

The Internet Blackout in English-Speaking Cameroon Continues

How and why Cameroon has denied internet access to its English-speaking population.

Uganda's Assistant Inspector General Is the Third Government Official Murdered in As Many Years

After a high ranking police officer is gunned down, Uganda's president has called for the country's police force to be cleaned up, saying it has been "infiltrated by thugs".

Inspired by a Pioneering Nigerian Author, Yorùbá Language Advocate Takes to the Internet

"...I knew I had to propagate the Yorùbá heritage to the world and the cheapest and easiest way to do that is via the international network of computers."

What's Old Is New: Are You Listening? Podcast

We take you to Jamaica, Indonesia, Syria, Macedonia and Ethiopia for tales of remembering, revival and resurgence in this podcast.

A Century Later, Namibia Demands Justice From Germany for Its First Holocaust

In the early twentieth century, the German Empire committed a holocaust against 65,000 Herero and 10,000 Nama. A century later, Namibia is fighting for justice.

These Techies Want Your Phone to Speak to You in Swahili

Swahili is the second-most-widely-used language on the African continent. Yet automatic speech recognition isn’t commercially available in this language, denying many users the information they need.

Angola Is on Its Way to Ban Abortion Entirely and Women Are Fighting Back

Angola could join the handful of countries in the world which currently ban abortion in all cases.

Africa’s Green Energy Challenge: Mega Projects, Off-Grid or Somewhere in Between?

South of the Sahara, getting electricity to 620 million people may require an all-of-the-above strategy.

The 12 Faces of a Ugandan Woman

From the chess champion born in one of the country's largest slums to the parliamentary speaker. Celebrate them all.

South Africans Want Their Government's Hands Off Social Media

South Africa's Minister of State Security announced that his government is contemplating regulating social media to counter false narratives and the spread of fake news.

Controversial Sentence Highlights Mozambique's Problems Prosecuting Domestic Violence

A high-profile domestic abuse case is making waves in Mozambique, following a controversial sentence against the man who partially blinded a former president's daughter.

Despite a Military Mutiny, Côte D'Ivoire's Government Says It Is Ready for UN Troop Withdrawal

The question of material demands from the Army has been a recurrent one since Côte d'Ivoire's emergence, in 2011, from a decade of civil war.

Young South African Woman Living With HIV Decides She's Not Hiding Anymore

Internet users around the world are praising Saidy Brown, the 22-year-old woman in South Africa, who used Twitter last month to publicize that she is HIV positive.

More Than a Century Later, Ethiopians Are Still Debating Their Victory Against Italian Colonialism

The Battle of Adwa is part of the foundation of Ethiopian history, and that significance to the country's national identity also makes it one of the country's most contested memories.

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