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· April, 2020

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from April, 2020

‘Language revolt': This activist tweets against erasure of first languages in South Africa

A language reclamation activist confronts linguistic imperialism and the dehumanisation of two South African first languages through digital inclusion advocacy.

New video gives clues about motives behind attacks in northern Mozambique

Recorded in Ntchinga village, the video shows the armed group bearing an Islamic State flag and a leader addressing the local people in Kimwan and Kiswahili languages, resembling a rally.

Zanzibar relies on strong communities of care to confront COVID-19

Zanzibar thrives on unity. A wave of community-based health initiatives has ramped up their presence on the islands to raise awareness and educate islanders about the highly contagious coronavirus.

A high-profile funeral highlights a double standard in Nigeria under lockdown

In Nigeria, a high-profile burial amid COVID-19 lockdown orders highlights a double standard when it comes to state guidelines on best practices to mitigate the spread of the deadly disease.

Malaria vaccine may offer respite from Africa’s greatest health scourge

After three decades of research, the RTS,S malaria vaccine backed by the WHO is getting piloted at a health centre in Kenya for the first time.  

Liberia's President George Weah sings his fight against COVID-19

Despite a message and movement solidarity in the fight against COVID-19 in Liberia, President George Weah still faces critique over a tanking economy and restricted media.

How to protect Nigerians’ personal information while combating COVID-19

Combatting COVID-19 through all available legal means is urgent. However, such means need not be at the expense of protecting human rights — including the right to privacy. 

Sierra Leone lifts 10-year ban on pregnant girls attending school

Sierra Leone finally lifts a discriminatory policy that barred pregnant girls from attending school in a new bid to form a more inclusive nation and address injustices against young women.

Ghost cities in a COVID-19 world

Videos of empty cities from around the world curated by Global Voices' contributors.

#IdentityMatrix: a Twitter conversation on identity and digital rights in Africa

Activists from Burkina Faso, Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya, will lead a social media conversation in their mother tongue on the intersection of languages, ethnicity and digital rights in Africa.

Africans in China targeted by xenophobia amid fear of second-wave COVID-19 outbreak

China has seen a surge in the number of imported COVID-19 cases and the African community has become an easy target for "virus control" and xenophobic sentiments.

COVID-19 revives grim history of medical experimentation in Africa

Africa 'is not a testing lab' for a COVID-19 vaccine. The debate over human testing in clinical trials speaks to a grim history of medical experimentation and exploitation in Africa.

Ahead of contentious elections, Burundi faces its first COVID-19 cases

The upcoming election in Burundi has been surrounded by concerns over security and transparency. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic poses another public safety concern.

Cameroon battles COVID-19 alongside separatist war and strained health care system

Cameroon has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the region. As the virus becomes a reality, citizens must adjust to this new threat amid the ongoing separtist conflict.

COVID-19 on the frontline: Insights from an Australian humanitarian nurse

"there are areas around the world where people cannot buy soap and do not have access to running water. It is these countries that will suffer the most..."

Mozambique and Cape Verde's telcos offer affordable mobile internet as citizens urged to stay home

Cape Verdeans mobile users will have 2 MB of free data on the next 30 days, while Mozambicans could purchase up to 5 GB for 1.50 USD.

Nigeria’s elite ‘above the law’ as the poor struggle with COVID-19 measures

The majority of Nigeria's poor live by the day in overcrowded and squalid shanties, without running water and modern toilet facilities. They cannot and will not survive a lockdown. 

A king’s belief in herbal remedies to cure COVID-19 butts up against science in Nigeria

This Nigerian king believes that natural herbs can cure COVID-19. But making unverified claims via Twitter to thousands of followers can be misleading — and dangerous — to the public.

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