Democratic crisis in Djibouti as President prepares for fourth term

The small East African nation of Djibouti often escapes notice despite its coveted strategic position. Recent behaviour by the countries increasingly megalomaniacal President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, who will likely change the constitution a second time to stay in power and is traveling to London to testify against a political rival,…

Mohamed Toure

Mohamed Toure is a Malian writer and researcher currently living in Addis Ababa.

Compromised Dreams: 3 Stories of Sacrifice and Loss

Lunch at the small office I work for in Kigali usually consists of pleasant conversations and laughter. One day last week, it was just myself and two coworkers, Josephine and Yvonne, and we began to talk about our futures, sharing how many children we each want and imagining what it…

Lara Heskestad is originally from upstate New York and currently works for a small NGO in Rwanda.

Why healthcare is progressing in Rwanda

Healthcare in Rwanda has come a long way over the past couple of decades, with leaps in access to quality care that have made Rwanda a model for success compared to its neighbors. But what are some of the real reasons behind the positive outcomes of these efforts? Why is…

Lara Heskestad is originally from upstate New York and currently works for a small NGO in Rwanda.

For Western companies, African lives don’t matter

The civil war in the Central African Republic is hitting major international news networks today because of a report released by Global Witness, which stated that European timber companies are knowingly bankrolling the violence in the country. The report found that Chinese, French and Lebanese companies have wittingly participated in…

Another step back for Rwanda

The Rwandan parliament has voted to eradicate presidential term limits from their constitution. Over 3.7 million people signed a petition to ban presidential term limits. The change is now being put to a referendum. President Paul Kagame has said that it is up to the people to decide. On the…

Uganda’s leading presidential candidates arrested

The world watched this week as first Amama Mbabazi was arrested in Jinja Town, followed by the arrest of Kizza Besigye in Kampala—two presidential hopefuls. They were arrested for organizing political meetings without police permission, according to media reporting. Both were freed after 12 hours. Both were at one time…

Crisis in Burundi

When Burundi’s ruling CNDD-FND party won majority of the parliamentary seats on June 29th polls, the future could not have appeared brighter for President Pierre Nkurunziza. For one thing, it has set the mood for July 21st presidential elections. However, Mr Nkurunzizaís bid for a third mandate has plunged the…