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· August, 2019

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from August, 2019

30 August 2019

Mass tree-planting in Ethiopia broke world records, but its impact will take time

Mass tree-planting projects are exciting, but the solution is never as simple as it seems. Send a Cow encourages smallholder farmers to plant multi-purpose trees in harmony with the environment.

Tanzania's first and only classic car club pays homage to Remmy Ongala, old school musical legend

Oldschool Rides Tanzania, a club devoted to restoring and celebrating vintage cars in Tanzania and the region, organized a classic car show to honor Tanzanian music legend Remmy Ongala.

29 August 2019

Months after pledge to open internet, Ethiopia disrupts connectivity amidst communal violence, tension

Advox

Ethiopian authorities have resorted to shutting down entire networks in response to recent ethnic and political tensions. A lack of transparency makes it impossible to challenge.

28 August 2019

Mozambique signs third peace accord amid divisions in opposition and public indifference

While the ceremony that ended Mozambique's third civil war took place, the majority of Maputo's residents were at work, or trapped in the capital’s chaotic traffic.

The case for reforming the Sudanese Access to Information Act

Advox

As Sudan launches a three-year transition to civilian rule, the country's freedom of information law should be amended to serve the public's right to know.

Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum: The Congolese scientist behind the cure for Ebola

This African scientist discovered the cure for Ebola. Will his name be as widely shared as news about the disease itself?

27 August 2019

In Nigeria, disability activists say social stigma is greatest obstacle to human rights

“Many people see disability as a charity issue rather than a human rights issue, says Ekaete Umoh, a disability rights activist in Nigeria.

24 August 2019

Nigeria's reputation takes a hit as three online fraud cases make international headlines

The cases involve a young star entrepreneur, the continent's largest e-commerce platform, and 80 online scammers.

23 August 2019

Human rights advocates petition the UN and AU over the detention of Nigerian protest leader

Advox

"The unfounded charge of terrorism that was subsequently laid against him was clearly only created to serve the purpose of silencing Sowore."

20 August 2019

Mozambique pushes for SIM card registration, raising privacy concerns

Advox

The measure would make it easier for the authorities to identify the owners of registered SIM cards.

19 August 2019

Will Zimbabwe succeed in overturning a ban on the ivory trade?

Zimbabwe is currently sitting on a stockpile of seized ivory worth hundreds of millions.

16 August 2019

Apprehension rises over the abduction of a Nigerian government critic

Advox

Dadiyata, a fierce critic of Kano State Governor Umar Ganduje, was abducted on August 1 and nothing has been heard of him since.

13 August 2019

Who are the presidential candidates in Mozambique's October elections?

On July 31, Mozambique's Constitutional Council approved four candidates: Filipe Nyusi, Ossufo Momade, Daviz Simango and Mário Albino.

Malaria has affected over 5 million people in Burundi so far this year

In Burundi, so far this year, malaria has affected 5,738,661 million people — that's about half its population. Yet, the government hesitates to declare an epidemic.

9 August 2019

Nigerian activist arrested for calling for a nationwide #RevolutionNow protest movement

Advox

Omoyele Sowore was detained and charged under Nigeria's 2011 counter-terrorism law. He could face life imprisonment.

8 August 2019

Kenyan MP and her baby ordered out of parliament: ‘What was I supposed to do? Miss my duties?’

"I had an emergency, so what was I supposed to do? Miss parliament and my duties — just because I have a baby?"

7 August 2019

Travel: An extreme sport for Africans

The Bridge

It’s difficult for Africans to travel outside Africa — but it’s equally grim to travel within the continent.

In Ethiopia, disinformation spreads through Facebook live as political tensions rise

Advox

Online conspiracy theories, political rants and rumors laced with communal hatred are now common genres in Ethiopian social media.

Tanzanian journalist faces trumped-up charges after abduction and detention

Advox

Freelance ournalist Erick Kabendera has written critically of Tanzanian President John Magufuli's increasingly repressive administration. Yesterday, authorities charged him with economic crimes, but critics say his only "crime" is journalism.

6 August 2019

Nigerian creatives bid farewell to Toni Morrison, who wrote race into American consciousness

"The function, the very serious function of racism, is distraction. It keeps you explaining over and over again, your reason for being." — Toni Morrison