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· June, 2017

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from June, 2017

29 June 2017

Fall Armyworms Are Ravaging Crops in Many African Countries

"They've finished eating the wild plants and are now going into the villages where there is more vegetation. They eat everything in their path. All plant life is at risk."

26 June 2017

An Angolan Governor Loses His Job After Criticizing His Own Political Party in an Interview

Isaac Maria dos Anjos, ex-governor of the Angolan provínce of Benguela, is famous for his criticisms of the ruling MPLA party.

25 June 2017

False Rumors of a Collapsed Tunnel in Madagascar Raise Questions about Cybercrime and Punishment

Global Voices Advocacy

Moral of the story so far: No one is anonymous behind his screen; don’t take everything that is said on the internet at face value.

24 June 2017

Tanzanian Media Misrepresent the Dispute Between the Government and the World's Third Largest Gold Mining Company

The Bridge

The chairman of the mining company Barrick Gold said one thing, but the media said something completely different.

In a Guardian Story About an Environmental Conflict in Kenya, the White Saviour Rides Again

The Bridge

The Guardian's portrayal of an Italian expat as the central figure in a noble fight to save the environment from local hordes erases the complex reality of a Kenyan region.

23 June 2017

The 1944 Thiaroye Massacre in Senegal, a Shameful Episode of the French Colonial Period in Africa

"In 1944, African soldiers, liberators of France, were massacred by... France itself. These African servicemen had committed only one crime: that of being African."

22 June 2017

Nigerians Celebrate the Election of Seven British-Nigerians to the UK Parliament

While the federal government of Nigerians is congratulating the new MPs, some Nigerians say the government should not appropriate the electoral victory of the British-Nigerians.

21 June 2017

As Deadline to Leave Saudi Arabia Nears, Ethiopian Workers Trapped Between Two Bad Choices

"It is horrifying that most Ethiopians have not shown an interest in returning home despite risk of violence."

With Public Finances Under Strain, Mozambique’s Government Approves Purchase of Luxury Cars for Deputies

"We should not make the Assembly of the Republic a big jackpot, where the popular vote is seen as a lottery house."

20 June 2017

Filmed Beating of Somali Woman Highlights the Dangers That Europe-Bound Refugees Face

“I was in complete shock to see her video that I can’t even explain. Not one human being deserves to be treated that way regardless of what they did.”

16 June 2017

Witch Doctors’ Latest Victims Are Bald Men in Mozambique, Police Say

"[I would like] a nation where the people looked for honest jobs and did not have to hurt or even take the lives of others," one blogger wrote.

12 June 2017

Why an Ethiopian-Born British Citizen Ran in the UK's General Election

"Proud of Yemi Hailemariam, the wife of #AndyTsege who made it all the way to #Maidenhead to meet @theresa_may & demand for @FreeAndargachew."

10 June 2017

With the Ebola Outbreak Over, the US Wants a Group of West African Immigrants to Go Home

They were in the US legally due to a statute offered to people from countries in crisis. Now, their crisis is deemed over, but it's not easy to return home.

8 June 2017

A Mozambican Politician Who Was Imprisoned for Corruption Returns to His Post After Release

"I do not believe that somebody should be rewarded like this, somebody who has at some point seriously offended the state."

7 June 2017

In Ethiopia, Authorities’ Reshuffling of the Oromo Language Alphabet Touches a Nerve

"This is yet another fraud perpetrated on the Oromo people and it must be rejected."

Ethnic and Political Violence Continue to Stain Burundi

"If I were to take you at your word, I would ask you why you insist on providing ammunition to the imperialist colonists that call us savages."

6 June 2017

How Not to Have Six Horrible Months in Uganda

The Bridge

A narrative that exoticizes an African country with no attempt to understand its people tells us more about the writer than it does about the continent.

5 June 2017

Small Farmers in Madagascar Say Chinese Investors Forced Them to Sell Their Land for Dirt Cheap

"Is there anything that regular people like us can do to protect our land? We air complaints to...the media or on social media, but no one dares to stand up."

4 June 2017

In a Much-Criticized Display of Wealth, the Angolan President's Son Spent Half a Million Euros at a Charity Auction

"...being the son of who you are, we suspect that this money came out of the state coffers, that is to say it is our money..."

A Ugandan Woman Thought She Was Going to Teach in Kuwait. Instead She Was Trafficked.

When Prudence Nandaula got a new job in Kuwait, she was thrilled. But when she arrived, her passport was taken from her — and she was given a mop.

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