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· December, 2019

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from December, 2019

26 December 2019

From Kenya to Ethiopia, these men received divine dream ‘maps’ to carve caves

Throughout history, many have questioned the veracity of divine intervention through dreams, but prophets from Islam, Judaism and Christianity have all testified to messages from God through dreams for millennia.

25 December 2019

Rash of abductions and arrests signals ‘dramatic slide’ in human rights in Tanzania

In recent years, an uptick in abductions, arrests, detentions and trumped-up charges of economic crimes for activists and journalists have amounted to a disturbing trend toward silencing dissent in Tanzania.

24 December 2019

Nigerian government orders release of Omoyele Sowore, journalist and human rights activist

Advox

Omoyele Sowore was arrested in August on charges of treason, money laundry and harassing President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria. He has been in jail despite court pronouncements ordering his release.

8 West African countries rename currency in historic break from France — but colonial-era debts persist

Changing the CFA franc to "Eco" does not change the fact that many West African countries are still locked in a legacy of debt to France in its colonial-era deposit system. 

Kenya now has a data protection law. What does this mean for netizens?

Advox

Will Kenya’s new data protection law protect the rights of citizens? Or will it serve as a conduit to acquire, store and use data in the digital capitalism food chain?

23 December 2019

Has Russia influenced the general elections in Mozambique?

Advox

The suspicions about Russia began before the elections with the publication of an electoral poll that gave clear victory for Frelimo.

22 December 2019

Sudan’s ride-sharing revolution needs better regulation

Advox

Sudan’s ride-sharing industry faces serious challenges: Labor rights, algorithm bias and data privacy need to be addressed for ride-sharing to be sustainable. 

21 December 2019

Abduction of human rights activist echos chilling trend in Tanzania

Human rights activist Tito Magoti's abduction echoes a chilling trend toward the disappearances of journalists, human rights defenders and opposition leaders in Tanzania since 2015 when Magufuli first took office.

18 December 2019

2019: A year of flipping scripts and changing narratives in Africa

2019, a year of changing narratives in Africa: Revolutions. Internet shutdowns. Tree-planting. Migration. Feminist songs. Media crackdowns. Cyclones and climate change. Opposition rising. Cultural icons dying. Illness, cures, and healing.

13 December 2019

Gambian minister brought Myanmar to The Hague ‘in the name of humanity’

"...No one put pressure on President Jammeh to stop his atrocities. ... We don't want others to feel our pain or our fate," said The Gambia's Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou.

12 December 2019

Ethiopia: Stop hate speech, not free speech

Advox

Ethiopia's new hate speech bill aims to "tackle the erosion of the nation’s social cohesion, political stability and national unity." But digital rights advocates say it threatens democracy.

Taxing dissent: Uganda’s social media dilemma

Advox

Uganda’s social media tax essentially amounted to an internet shutdown, driving thousands offline and silencing dissent for others.

10 December 2019

Civil society criticizes the arrest of 18 political delegates in Mozambique

Political delegates of the New Democracy party were arrested, accused of carrying fake credentials.

Ahead of 2020 elections in Ghana, citizens fight against extreme surge in data costs

Advox

The increased Communication Service Tax to 9% will create a huge barrier to affordability, increase existing digital inequalities and will be disproportionately felt in rural areas and among women.

9 December 2019

Morna, a music style from Cabo Verde, recognized as World Heritage

Cesária Évora was one of the genre's best-known interpreters.

5 December 2019

Astrophysicists in Ethiopia hop on ‘astrobus’ tour of cosmic possibilities

A team of 24 astrophysicists, scientists, artists, and innovators will hop on "Astrobus Ethiopia" and tour eight cities in northern Ethiopia to teach hands-on workshops in science and the arts.

4 December 2019

Tears with truth: The Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission

President Barrow’s triumph at the polls set the stage for "righting the wrongs" of the past. For Gambians, this interim leadership provided a reset button for transitional justice, following years of brutality.

Join Global Voices’ #WritingTowardFreedom Twitter chat on December 11, 2019

Advox

How has ethnic hate speech, mis- and disinformation and internet shutdowns become insidious threats to online freedom of expression in Africa? Join us for this discussion in a Twitter chat.

2 December 2019

‘They call for my slaughter': Somali atheists living in fear

The Somali atheist community spans the globe, while many others remain “in the closet,” hiding their beliefs for fear of repercussions. An estimated 1.2 million seek solace online, using pseudonyms.