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Child Labour – Gambia’s Underage Touts

Children as young as 12 in The Gambia continue to engage in different forms of child labor; public transport apprenticeship being one of them. Gaps in the law remain, including a need to increase the compulsory education age to the minimum age of work.

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New Ebola Outbreak Kills 17 in DR Congo

The Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has declared a new outbreak of Ebola after two cases of the deadly disease were reported in Northwest of the country.

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Concrete Desert: African Cities in Urgent Water Crisis

As Cape Town’s water crisis continues to keep the world focused on the Mother City, several other African cities are staring at a similar fate. These cities will inevitably run out of water if the threat is not dealt with urgently. Read More

Podcast: Hatima ya Upinzani Afrika Mashariki

Matukio ya kisiasa ya hivi karibuni nchini Kenya, Uganda na Tanzania yanatoa taswira ya upinzani unaoendelea kuzidiwa nguvu na serikali. Lakini nini hasa kimesababisha hali kuwa hivi? Mwanahabari wa Africa Uncensored, Dennis Mbae, anatafuta majibu kwenye makala ifuatayo:

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Faced With Extinction, Can East Africa’s Opposition Parties Survive?

Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga and his Ugandan counterpart Dr. Kizza Besigye have peculiar similarities. Both have unsuccessfully contested in multiple presidential elections and sworn themselves in as Presidents. Should they fail to clinch the presidency in their lifetime, they will have an even more striking commonality; that of never reaching the Promised Land like the Biblical Moses.

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The Plunder Route to Panama

The Panama Papers revealed that numerous African politicians have stored wealth in off-shore accounts.  But how did the money get there? A transnational team of reporters in seven African countries investigated looting by their rulers.

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Electricity at all costs

It is another hot day in Kribi, a booming coastal city of 80,000 people that’s located 300 kilometres from the capital of Cameroon, Yaoundé. Kribi sits on a road that stretches along a rainforest, one of the largest in Africa, before it begins to follow the coastline. Off the coast lie the gas reserves of Sanaga South.

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Protests in Zimbabwe continue despite government ban

Protestors comprising of the elderly, young adults men and women, some of them with babies strapped on their backs and the youth gather in the Africa Unity Square (also known as the Dzamara Square). Itai Dzamara disappeared more than one and half years ago after he launched a one-man demonstration demanding accountability and the resignation of Mugabe.

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Zimbabwe: Political Alliances and the Flag that Binds

In the 36 years that Robert Mugabe and his ruling party Zanu PF have presided over the affairs of Zimbabwe, it seems the thought of Zimbabweans demanding accountability, true democracy, and good governance never came to mind. The elderly, the disabled, youth and children in Zimbabwe have in the past few weeks been demanding what they claim to be “rightfully” theirs. Although met with brutality and violence, they are still pressing on.

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Six Months of Silence: No Answer Yet About the El Adde Debacle

Today marks six months since the Somali based militant group Al-Shabaab killed dozens of Kenyan Defense Forces troops.  Striking at the crack of dawn, the militant group overran the camp and brutally massacred men in uniform who were mostly in their prime. It was said the attackers carried out an explosion at the gate and what followed was sustained gunfire. The mayhem lasted for hours and some of the KDF soldiers bled to death in the remote, parched hamlet of El-Adde.

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