Ethiopia: The Sidama Quest for Self Rule Is Ripe, Smearing It Is Ineffective

[Addis Standard] With the coming of prime minister Abiy Ahmed and his reformist agenda, a political change has been sweeping Ethiopia like never before. PM Abiy has introduced significant transformation and his reform initiatives have been gathering pace

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Africa: As People Flee War and Disaster, Countries Lose ‘Billions’ – Study

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Yaounde – People fleeing war, natural disasters or violence within their own countries could be costing countries a combined $13 billion a year, a new study released on Wednesday revealed.

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South Africa: Why Anti-Vaccine Beliefs Spread So Fast On the Internet

[The Conversation Africa] There’s been a recent increase globally in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. This can be seen in recent measles outbreaks in parts of the world where it was thought to have been eradicated.

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Cameroon: Hospital Attacked; Medical Staff, Patients Flee

[VOA] Armed men burned down a hospital in the Cameroonian town of Kumba this week, forcing patients and medical staff to flee for their lives. Cameroon’s government blamed the attack on separatists demanding independence for Cameroon’s English-speaking regions.

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Zimbabwe: Activists Push Back on Social Media Restrictions

[VOA] In Zimbabwe, rights and opposition groups are surviving by using social media to communicate with the masses as state-owned media remain reserved for ruling party officials. During recent anti-government protests, the public received information through social media and now the government wants a law to block such platforms.

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South Africa: Wits University Accuses Protesters of Political Agenda

[GroundUp] Activities at Wits University were brought to a halt as student protests entered a fourth day on Thursday. About 200 students, led by the Wits Student Representative Council (SRC), went door-to-door across campuses, stopping lectures along the way.

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