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· March, 2015

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from March, 2015

After the Charlie Hebdo Attack, Can We Laugh About Anything?

"Freedom of speech must be complete. However, freedom of conscience and worship must be protected too."

Watch Out for MozFest East Africa 2015

MozFestEA will take place from July 17th – 19th 2015, at Victoria University, Kampala, Uganda under the theme,“Building solutions for Africa's challenges, together on the web”: MozFest East Africa is...

Somali Americans Fight to Save Their Lifeline of Cash for Relatives Back Home

It’s getting more complicated to send money to Somalia, and that's a big deal in places like Minnesota, USA, where some Somali Americans have been wiring cash home for decades.

Memory Banda Escaped Child Marriage in Malawi, but Her 11-Year-Old Sister Wasn't so Lucky

Eighteen-year-old Memory Banda has managed to escape the cycle that turns half the girls in her southern African nation into brides, and usually mothers, by her age.

Ugandan Lawmakers Want to Clear House in the Parliamentary Press Corps

Ugandan lawmakers are considering a proposal that would replace all journalists who started covering parliamentary proceedings before May 1, 2010, "in the interest of balanced media coverage".

Why Students in Chad are Protesting and It's not Just About the Helmet Law

Police are violently repressing student protests in Chad since March 10. The official reason for the protest is the new safety regulation that require bikers to wear a helmet. Motorbikes are...

Social Media Skewers Gambian President for Using Obama Letter as Propaganda

Did President Obama send a letter to congratulate Gambian citizens on the 50th Independence anniversary or endorse President Yahya Jamme's regime? It depends on who you ask.

First Former African Head of State to Stand Trial Before International Tribunal in Africa

Oumar Ba discusses the historic trial of the former president of Chad Hissène Habré: For the first time in history, a former head of an African state will stand trial...

Video: Campaign to Stop the Sale of Steve Biko's Autopsy Report

Artist and social entrepreneur Nomsa Mazwai (Nomisupasta) and some friends got together to collect signatures for a petition to stop the sale of Steve Biko‘s autopsy report. Watch the YouTube...

You Will Never Find Stories About Famine, Idi Amin or Joseph Kony on This Site

Talented Ugandan writers take to the Internet to tell positive stories about the country: We will be honest with you. Stories about poverty porn, hunger, Ebola, tribalism and all negative...

Can Mock Hunts Save Lions in Kenya and Tanzania?

Maasai warriors and biologists are teaming up in Kenya and Tanzania to defuse human-lion conflict in Kenya.

Mozambicans Mourn Democracy After Constitutional Lawyer Murdered

"Quo vadis Mozambique?" Where are you heading?

Gun Attack Kills 5 in Bamako as Mali Tries to Consolidate Peace

A shooting in a restaurant in Bamako, capital city of Mali, claimed the lives of five people on Friday night, March, 6. The attack took place around midnight in a...

Here Are Kenyan Technology Companies That Were Funded in 2014

Do you know Kenyan technology companies that got funded in 2014? Erik Hersmann lists them in this blog post: Early stage capital Angani – Public cloud computing provider BRCK –...

14 Open Source Products Based in Africa

Despite many problems facing the African continet, African open source innovators are not lagging behing. Here is a list of 14 open source projects coming out of the continent.

Brazilian University Won't Enroll Guinea-Bissauan Woman, Even Though She Passed All Requirements

A Brazilian institution claims Domingas Mendes doesn't fulfill the criteria to pursue higher education in Brazil as a 'quota student'. Is there a racial issue here?

Madagascar's Citizens Save Themselves As Country Floods

Global Voices profiles four citizen initiatives that are providing relief to populations affected by Madagascar's new floods.

Alleged Video of Soldiers Beating Civilian Shocks São Tomé and Príncipe

The alleged images show a young man sitting on the ground, wearing only underwear, as soldiers—apparently high-ranking members of the Armed Forces of São Tomé and Príncipe—beat him mercilessly.

As Floods Inundate Madagascar, Government Is Slow to Provide Relief

Madagascar is going through another extremely difficult time, with a large part of the country being inundated by floods. Residents have uploaded photos of the devastation to social media.

About our Sub-Saharan Africa coverage

Nwachukwu Egbunike is the Sub-Saharan Co-Editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.

Njeri Wangari is the Sub-Saharan Africa Co-editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.

Dércio Tsandzana is the Lusophone (Portuguese) editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


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