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Stories about Tanzania

Freedom of expression in a downward spiral in Southern Africa, says new study

Outdated laws, exorbitant fees, and stifling of dissent have ramped up violations to the right of free expression in Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

In Tanzania, full-throttle COVID-19 denial leaves citizens without access to public health information

Since March 2020, the Tanzanian government has gone silent on the coronavirus with no data released to the public on infections or deaths.

Iconic House of Wonders collapse leaves Zanzibaris wondering about fate of cultural heritage

The House of Wonders collapse left many wondering about the fate of Zanzibar's cultural heritage. 

Tanzania launches mobile app to help victims report gender-based violence

The Taarifa (Information) mobile app will allow GBV victims to report their cases and access critical information. During the pandemic, reports of GBV decreased by 30% in Tanzania.

Tanzanian poll is likely to usher in a new era of authoritarianism. Here's why.

"Any resemblance that Tanzania has borne to a liberal democracy seems to be slipping away. Not only is the apparent scale of election manipulation unprecedented," writes Dan Paget.

Internet throttling, SMS blocking in days leading up to election in Tanzania

With just 24 hours before election day, internet users in Tanzania and Zanzibar, have reported widespread limited access to internet services including social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook and...

An earthquake shook Tanzania. A new law prohibits citizens from speaking about it online.

Revised online content regulations in Tanzania prohibit talking about pandemics, natural disasters or politics without government approval. Is it possible to control essential online conversations? If so, at what cost? 

‘Wiki Loves Africa’ 2020 features images of a continent on the move

"Wiki Loves Africa," encourages people to contribute Africa-relevant media to Wikimedia annually around a particular theme to fundamentally change how people both within and outside Africa see the continent.

Tanzanians debate the meaning of new ‘lower-middle-income’ World Bank status

The World Bank’s updated classification of Tanzania as a middle-income country has evoked a national debate about what development means and how it should be measured — as election season approaches.

Network marketing in Tanzania turns billionaire dreams into nightmares 

Network marketing companies have mushroomed in Tanzania over the last five years, preying on vulnerable youth with billionaire dreams that often end in huge financial losses.

Harrowing tales from African domestic workers in Lebanon 

African domestic workers are essentially slaves in the Gulf and Arab countries, under the Kafala sponsorship system that allows this exploitation and abuse to continue. 

Going far together: The East African diaspora steps up to address COVID-19 in their home region

To tackle the lack of information about COVID-19 and a shortage of PPE, members of East Africa’s diaspora in the US are taking action to help their homelands from afar.

French police arrest Félicien Kabuga, alleged financier of genocide in Rwanda

After 26 years on the run, Rwanda genocide suspect Félicien Kabuga was arrested in a Parisian suburb on May 16 and transferred to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on...

Tanzanian women’s savings and loan groups in flux during COVID-19

In Tanzania and around the world, COVID-19 exposes the vulnerability of microfinance savings and loan groups during large-scale crises.

Making Swahili visible: Identity, language and the internet

Swahili is the most widely spoken African language, but its visibility online is dismal. Kenyan language activist Bonface Witaba is working to change this.

Quarantine debates in Zanzibar conjure memories of colonial racial segregation

In light of Zanzibar’s complex history of racial segregation in the name of public health, social distancing and quarantine measures have been controversial in the fight against COVID-19.

Truck drivers blamed for spread of COVID-19 in East Africa

Truck drivers in East Africa face an onslaught of new COVID-19 mandates and restrictions in borders towns — causing confusion, fear, endless traffic queues, protests and disrupted trade.

COVID-19, locusts and floods: East Africa's triple dilemma

East Africa's "triple threat" — the coronavirus, locusts, and floods — are not mutually exclusive. In fact, each is inextricably linked.

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.

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.

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