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Heather Bourbeau

Heather Bourbeau’s reporting has appeared in The Economist and The Financial Times. She was a political affairs officer for the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Liberia, and a special rapporteur for UNICEF Somalia.

Africa’s first ‘affordable’ smartphone plans to go global

By Heather Bourbeau / November 9, 2018 / Comments Off on Africa’s first ‘affordable’ smartphone plans to go global

The Mara group announced its plans to manufacture a smartphone in Rwanda and South Africa, making it the first high-quality, affordable smartphone made solely in Africa. The Mara phone project, developed by Rwandan billionaire businessman Ashish Thakkar, is a partnership with Google, and will be exported and sold in Europe as well. Thakkar sees affordable, […]

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Journalist released in Cameroon

By Heather Bourbeau / November 9, 2018 / Comments Off on Journalist released in Cameroon

Cameroonian authorities released journalist Mimi Mefo after almost two weeks of detention over accusations of propagating false news and committing cyber crimes. Cameroon is divided between the western Anglophone regions and the eastern Francophone regions, and is in the grips of an increasingly violent separatist crisis. Mefo, who works for the privately owned broadcaster Equinoxe TV […]

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This Armistice Day, Africa’s 200,000 were finally remembered

By Heather Bourbeau / November 9, 2018 / Comments Off on This Armistice Day, Africa’s 200,000 were finally remembered

Before the main commemorations for Armistice Day on November 11, French President Emmanuel Macron and Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita honored African troops who fought for France in World War I. On November 6, the French and Malian presidents inaugurated a monument and laid wreaths at the Parc Champagne to honor the African troops. Keita’s […]

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Nigeria’s $23 billion Lake Chad ambition

By Heather Bourbeau / November 9, 2018 / Comments Off on Nigeria’s $23 billion Lake Chad ambition

Earlier this month, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari reiterated his campaign to revive Lake Chad and expanded his push to enlist European and North American countries in the project. Lake Chad supports nearly 30 million people who live in Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria. As previously reported in The Daylighter, the lake has lost 90 percent of its original surface […]

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At the Congo-Angola border, a migrant crisis deepens

By Heather Bourbeau / November 8, 2018 / Comments Off on At the Congo-Angola border, a migrant crisis deepens

Angola’s violent expulsion of 200,000 Congolese nationals is raising tensions in a border region fraught with ethnic conflict. Over the past month, Angola has forced Congolese living in its territory to cross the border back into the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai and Kasai Central provinces. Kasai was the site of a brutal conflict in 2016–2017 […]

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Singer’s arrest is the latest in Tanzania’s ‘decency’ crackdown

By Heather Bourbeau / November 4, 2018 / Comments Off on Singer’s arrest is the latest in Tanzania’s ‘decency’ crackdown

Tanzania’s restrictive laws around sexuality have led to arrests and the threat of fines and long jail terms for several women who posted suggestive or explicit videos on social media.

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