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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03 June 19

Hemedti: The feared military leader looking most likely to seize power in Sudan

With Omar al-Bashir ousted as Sudan’s long-serving president in April, the great question hanging over the country’s political landscape is who will be in charge of taking the country forward. The protest groups that demanded regime change for so many
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29 May 19

Tanzania’s incredible transformation from ‘beacon of democracy’ to oppressive state

On October 25, 2015, Tanzania elected John Magufuli to become the country’s fifth president with more than 58% of the vote. During his 20-year career as a member of parliament, prior to being elected as president, Magufili built a reputation
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23 May 19

Do Eritreans Have Anything New to Celebrate This Independence Day?

On May 24, Eritrea officially celebrates its Independence Day, marking 28 years since the country wrestled control back from Ethiopia at the end of a brutal war that lasted for 30 years. On this day, in 1991, the prospect of
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06 May 19

Press freedoms are improving in Ethiopia, but progress is being held back

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has been vocal about press freedoms in Ethiopia for many years – particularly the suppression placed against journalists and members of the media under previous regimes. Under the rule of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed,
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06 May 19

Fact check: How African migration is misrepresented by Western media

African migration has been a major topic in Western media over the past five years, particularly since the European migrant refugee crisis was defined in 2015. For months on end, images of boast filled with African migrants travelling across the
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06 May 19

Uganda’s 2021 election buildup already feels familiar

On February 18, 2016, Uganda re-elected long-serving president Yoweri Museveni for the fifth time. However, it was one the most tightly-contested election he has faced during his rule, which now spans more than three decades. At least, it was expected
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25 April 19

What next for Sudan and the the ousted Omar al-Bashir?

After ruling Sudan for three decades and establishing himself as a seemingly unmovable ruler, Omar al-Bashir has been ousted as the country’s leader.

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26 March 19

Mothers in South Sudan are teaching their daughters how to survive sexual violence

Sexual violence has become so common in South Sudan that mothers in the country are teaching their daughters how to survive being raped, according to Yasmin Sooka, chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights.

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04 March 19

Study: Global economy, environment contribute to hunger in Africa

Food crises and the associated health implications affect more people in Africa than anywhere else in the world. The numbers are only going to get worse, too, as the continent’s population becomes the largest in the world and food production
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