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Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa

25 October 2015

The Story of an Ethiopian Girl Who Fought Abduction, and the Lawyers Who Saved Her Life

"Difret" means "courage" in the Amharic language. A new film by that name tells the story of an Ethiopian girl who was kidnapped by men to enforce a "traditional" marriage.

24 October 2015

A Canadian First: A Somali Immigrant Wins a Seat in Parliament

From refugee to Parliament Hill: Ahmed Hussen is Canada's first member of parliament of Somali descent.

23 October 2015

#FeesMustFall Brings South African Universities to a Standstill

Students argue that increases will keep poor, mostly black South Africans from higher education. Protests against the proposed university fee hikes, which started last Wednesday, and have spread nationwide.

21 October 2015

Netizen Report: Uganda Vows to Step Up Online Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

Free speech is under fire in East Africa: Two Facebook users have been charged under Tanzania's new cybercrime law, while new social media regs are on the horizon in Uganda.

20 October 2015

On the Eve of Elections, Côte d’Ivoire Tries to Move on From Its Violent Past

On October 25, Côte d'Ivoire is going to hold presidential elections. As the last elections in 2010 ended in a civil war, the current atmosphere in the country is tense.

19 October 2015

Two Tanzanians Accused of Posting ‘False Information’ Face Charges Under New Cybercrime Law

Global Voices Advocacy

According to the state, both men have violated Section 16 of Cybercrimes Act, which prohibits "publication of false information." Little more is currently known about their cases.

Angolan Rapper Breathes New Life Into ‘Freedom Now’ Movement, As Hunger Strike Threatens His

Activists fight for their lives in Angolan jails. Thanks to a new online portal that collects and publishes photos showing solidarity with political prisoners, the movement is stronger than ever.

16 October 2015

Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Acquitted of Terror Charges

Global Voices Advocacy

Many supporters on Twitter put words like "acquittal", "court" and "judiciary" in quotation marks to emphasize the degree to which the case exposed Ethiopia's failed judicial system.

Tanzanians Remember Their Nation's Founding Father With #DearNyerere

"#DearNyerere, in your day, popularity was based on good deeds towards your country, but nowadays it is the number of followers on Instagram and Twitter."

Did Pelé Stop the Bloodiest Civil War in Nigeria's History for 48 Hours?

Is it true that the Brazilian king of soccer ushered in a 48-hour ceasefire in Nigeria's bloody civil war? One writer did the research and has reason to doubt.

Female Entrepreneurs Give a Major Boost to the Development of Francophone Africa

Increasingly, civil society—and especially women—are keen to partake in the boom by starting businesses and joining Africa's new entrepreneurial mobilisation.

13 October 2015

Outrage After Ugandan Police Strip a Female Opposition Official Naked in Public

"A regime that loses respect for women deserves no respect either"

Democratic Republic of Congo Bans Film on Renowned Doctor Who Treats Rape Survivors

The film "The Man Who Mends Women: The Wrath of Hippocrates” documents the work of Dr. Denis Mukwege, who specializes in the treatment of women who have been gang-raped.

12 October 2015

WhatsApp Leads in Popularity, But Not Substance in Tanzanian Election Campaign

As a campaign platform, WhatsApp engages the most Tanzanian users, but political communication there mostly boils down to "trash talk," leaving Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to provide more substantial debate.

9 October 2015

Angolan Activist's Health in Danger After Nearly Three Weeks of Hunger Strike in Prison

Luaty Beirao, reportedly in critical condition, was arrested in June with 14 others on accusations of plotting a coup. He and the others maintain they were merely discussing peaceful protest.

Will Prayers Help Zambia's Currency Gain Value? President Lungu Thinks They Might

"Praying for a currency to improve means you don’t understand economics. The depreciation of the Kwacha is not the devils work."

6 October 2015

Guineans Want Their Presidential Candidates to Run on Policy, Not Ethnicity

But not all the candidates are being transparent about their policies. GuinéeVote, a new platform that allows users to compare the presidential hopefuls' plans, only has three candidates' programs incorporated.

28 September 2015

Miles to Go Before They Rest: Voices from the Croatia-Serbia Border Crossing

The Bridge

When those seeking refuge pass through areas like the Serbia-Croatia border crossing, they've already travelled many, many miles—but for most of them it's a mere fraction of the total journey.

23 September 2015

Zone9 Bloggers Are Not Alone: More Ethiopian Netizens Face Terrorism Charges

Global Voices Advocacy

Alongside the now-famous case of the Zone9 bloggers, there are so many detained Ethiopian bloggers, online activists and politicians, whose names are not yet on the map. Last year on July...

22 September 2015

3 Keys to Understanding the Burkina Faso Coup

Learn who is behind the coup, what this has to do with upcoming elections and why all eyes are on citizen movements' reactions to the crisis.

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