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Sending money to Somalia: The remittance economy
July 1, 2014
Some of my oldest memories as a child are of sunny weekend mornings eating canjeero, staring wide-eyed at my parents as they yelled into the receiver. That’s how you knew they were talking to relatives back home. The amplitudes of ... Continue Reading →
A woman and a child stand next to a pit at the Kinsuka cemetery on June 10 2014. (Pic: AFP)
Poor families move in with the dead in Kinshasa cemetery June 27, 2014

In a Congolese cemetery overrun with weeds and rubbish strewn among the graves and banana trees, the living have moved in with the dead – some of them years ago. For want of money and space, families have built houses out of earth, brick or sheet metal alongside tombs – some of prominent figures like …

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Leila Aboulela.
Q&A with Sudanese author Leila Aboulela, winner of the inaugural Caine Prize June 25, 2014

Fourteen years ago, Sudanese author Leila Aboulela made history when she won the inaugural edition of the Caine Prize for African Writing. She’s gone on to publish a short story collection titled Coloured Lights (2001), in addition to two critically acclaimed novels –  Minaret (2005) and Lyrics Alley (2011), which won the Scottish Book Awards. In this exclusive interview, she …

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Beauty and the weave June 23, 2014

It is Wednesday afternoon in Gaborone and I am having a bad hair day. I head into town to see my hairdresser for my monthly haircut. I have deliberately set my appointment for midweek to avoid the mayhem that happens on weekends in the hair salon. As I stride in, behold, four beautiful ladies ALL …

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Farmers tend newly planted trees  Kimahuri, Kenya. (AFP)
Open letter to AU heads of state: Make agriculture a priority June 20, 2014

Judging from the daily outpouring of commentary, opinions and reports, you would think that there were two African continents. One of them is the new land of opportunity, with seven of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies, offering limitless possibilities to investors. There is, however, this other image: a starving and hopeless continent, hungry and …

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Ebola: Getting to zero cases
Ebola: Getting to zero cases June 2, 2015

The Ebola outbreak has slowed across West Africa but every new infection continues to threaten millions of lives. This fatal disease claimed 7 000 lives by the end of 2014 in just Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Lione. Overcoming this complex emergency challenged governments and international aid organisations and brought fear to the rest of the …

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Vanessa Mdee, Victoria Kimani, Waje and Judith Sephuma sing their hearts out in a song that addresses gender inequality and poverty. (Pic: Supplied)
Poverty is sexist, sing seven African performers in protest May 19, 2015

Singers Victoria Kimani from Kenya, South African Judith Sephuma, Waje from Nigeria, Vanessa Mdee from Tanzania, Arielle T from Gabon, Gabriela from Mozambique and Selomor Mtukudzi from Zimbabwe have now recorded Strong Girl to address the gender inequality that they believe goes hand-in-hand with poverty. The song is inspired by a recently released report by …

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