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Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa

11 January 2016

Young Innovator From Somalia's Puntland Builds Vehicles of Hope

"To keep him busy I used to give him some plastic items and ask him to assemble them. I guess that’s how all these wonderful inventions began."

10 January 2016

SMS Platform Empowers Small Scale Farmers in Uganda

"Wefarm is a Wikipedia for farmers, or as its founder describes it, 'Internet for people without Internet.'"

On the Eve of Benin's Elections, Here Are the Main Candidates

An overview of lead candidates ahead of the elections in April in Benin.

Signs of Islamic Law Taking Root in The Gambia

President Yahya Jammeh said his country will be an Islamic state last year. What changes will 2016 bring?

6 January 2016

Ethiopia Protest Videos Show State Brutality, Despite Tech Barriers

Global Voices Advocacy

Since student protests erupted in Ethiopia last November, mobile phone videos have offered a glimpse of the government's deadly crackdown on demonstrators.

5 January 2016

Inside Ethiopia's Self-Defeating Crackdown on Oromo Musicians

As government threatens and arrests Oromo artists while booting them off the airwaves, growing numbers are turning to the internet as their only avenue for self-expression.

30 December 2015

The Tragic Rise of Child Abduction as a Business in Madagascar in 2015

"I would not wish such a nightmare on my worst enemy. The Malagasy population feels completely helpless in the face of this wave of children kidnapping."

Is It Not Democracy If Voters in Rwanda Want a ‘Life President'?

After 98% of Rwandans voted to change the constitution to allow President Kagama to run for a third term in 2017, some hit back at Western criticism of the results.

32 Stories That Capture the Happiness, Heartache and Resilience of 2015

Global Voices’ community-driven newsroom worked hard this year to build understanding across borders. Take a look back at some of the people and places we learned about in 2015.

The Best Stories of 2015, Handpicked by the Global Voices Community

We asked our editors, authors and translators from around the world which stories published on our site in 2015 were their favorites. Here's what they said.

29 December 2015

Ethiopia Censors Satellite TV Channels as Student Protests Draw Global Media Attention

Global Voices Advocacy

"If the regime thinks it can cut our audience off from receiving OMN news and programs, they are too dumb to understand what we are made of."

The Gambia Turns Talk Into Action, Passes Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Bill

After President Jammeh announced an executive ban on the practice hardly a month ago, lawmakers made good on the sentiment.

The Francophone World's Uplifting Stories in 2015

We collect collects a few of the happy events you might have missed while distracted by so much of the gloom in 2015.

28 December 2015

The 7 Most-Read Stories of 2015 on Global Voices

The following seven stories received the most attention from audiences and also received hundreds of shares, likes and comments on social media and our site.

26 December 2015

Christmas Around the World in 17 Photos

Many thanks to the Global Voices members who shared photos from their celebrations and Christmas dinner tables.

24 December 2015

Advox by the Numbers: 2015 in Digital Rights

Global Voices Advocacy

In 2015, Turkey blocked 166 websites for publishing one controversial image, Thai activists knocked 5 government websites offline in a virtual "sit-in", and Mexico spent $6.3 million on surveillance software.

22 December 2015

Countries Declare States of Emergency in the Face of El Niño

“This El Niño and human-induced climate change may interact and modify each other in ways which we have never before experienced. El Niño is turning up the heat even further.”

20 December 2015

In Kenya, So Much Depends on the Orange Flesh Sweet Potato

Women in Kenya often don't go for prenatal visits, but now there's one way to get them to the clinic: sweet potatoes they grow for their families and to sell.

Ethiopia Faces Famine Despite ‘Unprecedented’ Economic Growth

"According to some inside Ethiopia, NGO’s are being warned not to use the words “famine, starvation or death” in their food appeals."

19 December 2015

How Maasai Women in Kenya Are Helping to Make Lush Brand Cosmetics

Women are making money growing aloe, and selling the leaves to the British cosmetics company Lush. They’re also harvesting honey, growing food and raising goats. It’s a sustainable ecosystem.

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