All posts by: Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.

21 June 19

Uganda: Where a single Facebook post, poem or song lands you in jail

Freedom of expression is a hot topic in Uganda these days, but it’s one you’re not allowed to talk about. Criticising the government’s increasingly oppressive laws and blatant targeting of individuals who flout them can get you burned. More specifically,
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21 June 19

Rights groups call on Tanzania to drop pregnant student ban

Human rights groups are rallying to pile pressure upon Tanzania’s government to drop a ban against pregnant schoolgirls and teenage mothers from attending school.

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21 June 19

Kenya: Police break up Sudan solidarity protest

Police in Kenya fired teargas and violently dispersed hundreds of people participating in peaceful demonstrations on Wednesday, calling for an end to violence against protesters in Sudan.

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21 June 19

Burundi: ‘Encouraging signs’ ahead of 2020 election, UN says

The United Nations has said Burundi is showing “encouraging signs” ahead of next year’s presidential election but warns the political landscape remains fragile.

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20 June 19

UN: 300,000 flee fresh ethnic violence in northeastern DRC

More than 300,000 people have been forced to flee their homes amid fresh violence in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday.

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20 June 19

Somalia: US reopens permanent USAID mission

The United States is reopening its permanent US Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission in Somalia, more than 28 years after it closed in 1991

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20 June 19

Kenya: Three convicted over Garissa University attack

A court in Kenya has found three men guilty of abetting al-Shabaab militants who carried out the Garissa University attack that killed 148 people in 2015.

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19 June 19

Amidst Sudan internet outage, Instagram users turn profile pictures blue in support

Sudan’s ongoing political crisis has captured the world’s attention and authorities in the country have responded by blocking internet services.

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19 June 19

Eritrea: Catholic Church speaks out over property seizures

Eritrea’s Catholic Church has condemned the government for seizing and shutting down all of its health centres over the past week.

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19 June 19

Ethiopia: Internet restored after week-long outage

Internet and text messaging services were restored in Ethiopia on Tuesday after a week-long outage.

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