Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from January, 2018
After Two Decades, Will Ghana Finally Pass a Right to Information Law?
"We the people...put our faith in the system expecting them to work efficiently, fairly and impartially. But that hasn’t been the case...we continue to find ourselves in the cesspool."
Who Is Responsible for Ending Sexual Violence in Somalia?
Although the rape issue has attracted attention from the Somali government, sexual violence against women and children remains rampant and the number of assault cases continues to grow.
Ugandans Grow Anxious Over Incidents of Deadly Viral Fever
The death of nine-year-old Bridget Nalunkuuma in the central Ugandan town of Nakaseke has rattled residents who fear the girl may have suffered from Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever. Eight other people have reportedly died in recent months after experiencing similar symptoms. Present in Sub-Saharan Africa, parts of the Middle East and Asia,...
Leaked Documents Show That Ethiopia’s Ruling Elites Are Hiring Social Media Trolls (And Watching Porn)
The leaks include a list of individuals who appear to have been paid to promote the ruling coalition on social media.
Nigerian Police Arrest a Journalist and His Brother Over a News Article They Didn't Write
"Police have no business raiding a journalist's home and locking him up just because an officer does not like something written in the press."
Africans ‘School’ US President on Good Governance After ‘Shithole’ Comment Sparks Global Outrage
"Yes, Africa [has] problems. We don't dispute it. But name calling & outright disrespect by the very nation that has stripped off its resources for years is totally crossing it."
With Age Limit Abolished, Ugandans Fear They Are ‘Stuck’ With President Museveni
"32 yrs of inefficiency and we are now stuck with this incompetent, self serving individual whose government is characteristic of nepotism!"
Australian Prime Minister Accused of Political Fear-Mongering After Warning of ‘African Gangs’
"The insidious thing about this kind of craven political campaigning is that the details and facts don’t matter."
The Untimely Death of an Exiled Ethiopian Journalist
"His reward for having conscience in a country that criminalises it was torture & death in exile."
Angolans Left Snickering After Post-Launch Glitch in Country's First Satellite
"Launching a satellite into space while on the ground there is no medicine, food, quality education, healthcare worthy of that name...seems to me a terrible irrationality"
What Happens at Maekelawi? Tales of Torture from an Ethiopian Detention Center Slated for Closure
"It turns out that the anguish of Ethiopian prisoners, something that appeared to be so distant in memory, is not that far off after all."
Growing Popular Opposition Continues to Put Pressure on Ethiopia’s Ruling Party
"2017 was the year of the Oromo People's Democratic Organisation...The OPDO was able to shake the puppet label and actually prove to be quite vocal in #Ethiopia's political arena."