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Protests mount against Africa’s ‘colonial’ CFA currency

By Deutsche Welle, 09/22/2017 The CFA franc is facing growing opposition in parts of West and central Africa. Critics say the common currency has hampered the region's economic growth while France profits. Hundreds of protesters gather in the center of Senegal's capital, Dakar....

Somali and Ethiopian Migrants and Refugees being held and abused by Libyan gangs

By Kylie Kiunguyu, This Is Africa, 2017-06-19 African migrants and refugees travelling to Libya are being frequently abducted, tortured, sexually exploited and made to engage in forced labour. The people smugglers and criminal gangs are using social media to broadcast the...

Kidnapped to be doctor to a warlord: the man now on a mission to...

After being forced to spend more than a year at Joseph Kony’s side, Aubin Kotto-Kpenze vows to get justice for fellow survivors of the Lord’s Resistance Army By Inna Lazareva, The Guardian, May 30, 2017 When Aubin Kotto-Kpenze walks into a...

Meet Ugandan who writes jokes for Trevor Noah

DANILE K. KALINAKI in Nairobi http://www.africareview.com/ Joseph Opio has always been serious about comedy. So serious, in fact, that he walked away from a promising newspaper job in Kampala, borrowed a large sum of money, and went to the US...

A way of life under threat in Kenya as Lake Turkana shrinks

Benedict Moran, IRIN News, May 25, 2017 LAYENI/KENYA. The last native speaker of the Elmolo language reportedly died sometime in the 1970s. By then, only a few hundred Elmolo remained, eking out a living on Kenya’s southern waters of Lake...

Blind mother struggles to raise visually impaired children

By Martins E. Ssekweyama Uncomfortable sensation of helplessness and sheer anxiety are what befall the outer and inner person upon paying a visit to Aisha Namulema’s home at Kijjumbula Village in Rakai District. At 30 years of age, Namulema is a...

Why are South Africans underreporting on crime?

Ample resources are available to police, but crime statistics paint a worrying picture. BY LIZETTE LANCASTER As South Africa’s political environment deteriorates, so too does public safety. For the sixth consecutive year, the country is seeing increases in robbery and a...

Scourge of Child Marriage in Africa Continues

1 in 4 Girls Marry Before 18 Despite African Leaders’ Efforts By HRW, “I’ve never experienced happiness in my marriage. I’ve never seen the benefit of being married,” Chimwemwe told me when I interviewed her in a small village in...

Bodyguards, singing as Prophet of Doom in court

By Drum Digital Religion and the law should not be confused, the lawyer for Limpopo’s so-called Prophet of Doom said on Monday. “This is a matter that involves faith and law, and it should not be mixed,” Desmond Lubisi said...

The Forgotten Jews of Sudan Even Researchers Haven’t Heard Of

Of all the Jewish communities living in Arab and Muslim states prior to the formation of Israel, the smallest was undoubtedly the 1,000 or so Jews who lived in Sudan. One octogenarian is desperate to preserve their history. Ofer Aderet http://www.haaretz.com Yehoshua...

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The Welsh-Zambian director’s debut feature is premiering at Cannes: an everyday story of choosing between life in a travelling witch camp or being transformed...

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