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Putting Smiles on the Faces of South Sudanese Who’ve Only Known War

South Sudanese soldiers harass civilians with the intention of extorting money from them, says Kuech Deng Atem, 26. He hopes to disarm soldiers with jokes. Atem, commonly known by the stage name Wokil Jeesh Commando, became a soldier when he was 10 years old. He and other children were trained in Aweil and Mapel and …

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Zanzibari Women Take Advantage of a Changing Climate

Nasir Hassan Haji never thought of herself as a farmer or a swimmer, she realised she had surprised herself by becoming both. Alongside 12 other women in Jambiani village on the Indian Ocean coast, Haji has come to rely on the climate-resilient, natural sponges bobbing on thick ropes where they grow for months before the …

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Finding Common Ground on Africa’s Bush Meat Market

The bushmeat trade – meat from wild animals – continues to soar, mainly in unregulated and illegal markets worldwide. Ghana is one such market. One reason is that it’s a source of income for poor rural households. It’s also an important source of nutrition. In West and Central Africa, bushmeat contributes about 80%-90% of the …

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Khartoum to Join the ICC

Sudan’s transitional cabinet has unanimously approved a bill that would pave way for it to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok tweeted on Tuesday. The draft has been approved in preparation for a joint meeting between the governing Sovereign Council and the cabinet to pass it into law. “Justice and accountability …

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Piecing Together the Relics of Africa’s Past

According to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, around 35,000 ships were used to bring over 12 million enslaved Africans across the Atlantic between the 15th and 19th centuries. Some wouldn’t survive the journey, and an estimated 500 to 1,000 of the ships wrecked before reaching their destination. This includes the Sao Jos-Paquete de Africa, which …

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Ethiopia to Reopen Bidding for Its Second Telecoms Operator Licence

The Horn-of-Africa nation sold only one of two full-service licences on offer in May, citing a lower-than-expected price for the second one, which it now wants to offer again. A consortium led by Kenya’s top operator, Safaricom (SCOM.NR), secured the first licence. South Africa’s MTN (MTNJ.J) had also bid in the first round but it …

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Changing the Way Nigerians Travel

Nigeria’s rail modernisation effort is driving change in real estate as stressed out Lagosians look to live beyond expensive housing in the commercial capital. If this is combined with serious industrial growth along transport corridors, it could flip decades of Lagos-centric growth. Much of Nigeria’s railway infrastructure was built by the UK colonial administration to …

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The UK Gets Called Out on Its Past in Kenya

The British government has been criticised by the UN for a lack of resolution over colonial-era crimes committed in Kenya. Six UN special rapporteurs have written to the government expressing concern over its failure to provide “effective remedies and reparations” to the Kipsigis and Talai peoples. The Kipsigis and Talai clans of Kericho county were …

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Young Entrepreneurs are Key to Solving South Africa’s Job Crisis

With a strengthened entrepreneurship ecosystem, the increasing number of startups in the country could become an engine of job growth, according to a report by the World Bank. The report, the latest edition of the World Bank’s South Africa Economic Update, looks into the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the labor market of one …

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