1Film-makers Follow Nigerian Girls Freed by Boko Haram
The Guardian describes ‘Stolen daughters: kidnapped by Boko Haram’ as a wrenching film, it follows two Chibok girls freed in 2017 and two women who, like thousands of others, were kidnapped but are known as “forgotten girls” because they weren’t captured in a high-profile event. It premiered on HBO on 22 October in the US and asks the question what happened after #BringBackOurGirls?
SOURCES: The Guardian
2Awaiting Trial in Madagascar is a Death Sentence
People who have not been found guilty of any crime are dying in Madagascar’s prisons due to appalling conditions. Amnesty International released a report highlighting how the Malagasy authorities’ excessive use of pre-trial detention is harming the poorest people in society. Titled Punished for being poor: unjustified, excessive and prolonged pre-trial detention in Madagascar; the report is based on visits to nine prisons around the country, where more than 11,000 people have been arbitrarily placed in pre-trial detention which often lasts for years. The organization documented how, in 2017 alone, 52 out of the 129 detainees who died in Madagascar’s prisons were in pre-trial detention.
3Ethiopian Coffee and Shoes Poised for the Global Market
Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu has a dream: that everyone should one day taste hand-roasted Ethiopian coffee. Garden of Coffee is a brand that uses artisanal methods to source, process, roast, and package Ethiopia’s legendary beans. Twenty workers at the company’s atelier in Addis Ababa currently oversee this activity, roasting five types of coffee beans only for individual orders and shipping them to over 20 countries including Russia, Sweden, Germany, and the United States. Almeu also employs similar ethical practices with her shoe brand SoleRebels, which are made by locally-trained artisans in Ethiopia and shipped all over the world.
SOURCES: Quartz Africa
4Cutting off Somalia’s Lifeline
The only free ambulance service in Somalia’s capital is under threat of closure and is having to use fewer vehicles. Aamin is the founder and has a fleet of 16 ambulances but can now only afford to operate 10 on a regular basis in Mogadishu, which suffers regular bomb attacks.
5Africa’s Fifth-largest Bridge Opened
Uganda has unveiled a 525-meter-long, cable-stayed bridge called the “Source of the Nile bridge.” The project cost US$112 million which was funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency. Built across the Victoria Nile, the bridge is expected to reduce the heavy traffic that passes through the Nalubaale Bridge, which was built 64 years ago.
6Desperate Times Result in Zimbabweans taking Desperate Measures
Authorities in Zimbabwe say the country’s economic crisis has resulted in an acute shortage of essential medical drugs. Officials say the shortage has pushed some people to turn to the black market for medicines, some of which are not certified by the drug control authority.
7Explaining Ethiopia’s New Cabinet
The latest reshuffle has downsized cabinet departments from 28 to 20. Ten of the new ministerial appointments are women, meaning that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has achieved a 50% gender balance in his new team. Of more importance is the creation of a ministry of peace, Ahmed has made it clear that peace is central to his reforms agenda. The new peace ministry is therefore an effort to ensure that this agenda remains on course.
8Breeding Animals for Hunting Can Conserve the Species
A fast-maturing commercial game farming industry is offering South Africa a rare economic model that is creating better-paying jobs, bringing profits and allowing traditional farmers in marginal agricultural areas to transition to a future less vulnerable to climate change. All while also aiding conservation by bringing exotic species back from the brink of extinction and contributing to genetic diversity within species.
9West Africa Bears the Brunt when Giants Battle
Rubber tree growers in Ivory Coast are emerging as the latest casualty of the trade war between the United States and China. It is Africa’s leading exporter of the valuable commodity, which was historically called “devil’s milk” because of the brutal conflicts it fuelled.
SOURCES: Al Jazeera
10Glam Africa Magazine Explores Beauty from a Whole New Perspective
To celebrate Black History Month, Glam Africa Magazine released a powerful campaign as featured in their latest edition ‘Beyond Beauty’ (the October – December issue) which focuses on the changes in beauty standards for women of colour. This campaign delves into recent discussions on colourism, African features and the stories of burn survivors, as well as those who deal with conditions such as alopecia and vitiligo.