FILE - Soldiers serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) patrol outside a Mosque during Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan at a Mosque in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, July 17, 2015.

    AMISOM: Al-Shabab Plans Attacks Disguised as AU Troops

    African Union force in Somalia says it has information Al-Shabab fighters plan to dress in AMISOM uniforms and carry out atrocities 

    FILE - Journalists look at arms and ammunition which military commanders say they seized from Islamic fighters, in Maiduguri, Nigeria, June 5, 2013.

    Freed Hostages Say Boko Haram Lacks Weapons

    Kidnapees were told they would be freed only if $4,000 was paid by their families or the government or if they themselves went out and stole the money 

    FILE - Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

    Liberia: Call for Independent Investigation Into Critic's Death

    The naked body of Harry Greaves was discovered last month on the beach behind the Liberian ministry of foreign affairs building in Monrovia 

    FILE - A supporter of Uganda's former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi wrestles with the gun of a policeman, as riot police disperse a gathering in Jinja town in eastern Uganda, Sep. 10, 2015.

    HRW: Uganda Security Forces Must Protect Freedom of Assembly

    Human rights groups have documented cases of children being shot to death by security forces during public demonstrations in Uganda 

    FILE - An elephant crosses the Mara River in the Maasai Mara, Kenya, July 6, 2015. Six elephants were found dead in three wildlife refuges in Narok County, southwest Kenya.

    Elephant Deaths Puzzle Southwest Kenya Investigators

    Six elephants have died in one week under unclear circumstances; some conservationists suspect animals were poisoned 

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    Rocky Year Ahead for Nigeria Amid Oil Price Crashi
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    The global fall in the price of oil has rattled the economies of many petroleum exporters, and Africa’s oil king Nigeria is no exception. As Chris Stein reports from Lagos, analysts are predicting a rough year ahead for the continent’s top producer of crude.

    Video Rocky Year Ahead for Nigeria Amid Oil Price Crash

    The global fall in the price of oil has rattled the economies of many petroleum exporters, and Africa’s oil king Nigeria is no exception. As Chris Stein reports from Lagos, analysts are predicting a rough year ahead for the continent’s top producer of crude.

    Video 'No Means No' Program Targets Sexual Violence in Kenya

    The organizers of an initiative to reduce and stop rape in the informal settlements around Kenya's capital say their program is having marked success. Girls are taking self-defense classes while the boys are learning how to protect the girls and respect them. Lenny Ruvaga reports from Nairobi.

    Video Ghana Starts Africa's First High-tech Interactive Distance Learning

    The Ministry of Education in Ghana says almost 45 percent of that country's primary school teachers and 30 percent of junior high school teachers have not been formally trained. With the help of international donors, authorities in the African country have now launched a two-way interactive training program to help solve the problem. VOA's George Putic reports.

    Video E-readers Help Ease Africa's Book Shortage

    Millions of people in Africa can't read, and there's a chronic shortage of books. A non-profit organization called Worldreader is trying to help change all that one e-reader at a time. VOA’s Deborah Block tells us about a girls' school in Nairobi, Kenya where Worldreader is making a difference.

    Video Solar Innovation Provides Cheap, Clean Energy to Kenya Residents

    In Kenya, a company called M-Kopa Solar is providing clean energy to more than 300,000 homes across East Africa by allowing customers to "pay-as-you-go" via their cell phones. As Lenny Ruvaga reports from Kangemi, customers pay a small deposit for a solar unit and then pay less than a dollar a day to get clean energy to light up their homes or businesses.

    Video Powering Africa Summit Showcases Initiatives to Alleviate Electric Power Shortages

    Decision makers from Africa's power sector, and investors and power developers from around the world gathered in Washington this week for the second annual Powering Africa Summit. The summit aims to alleviate the shortages of electricity that plague many African countries. Mariama Diallo covered the summit and has this report.

    Video US Top Official Calls for Global Effort to Fight Poaching

    US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell concluded her official visit to Africa over the weekend with a final stop in South Africa where she called for international collaboration to combat wildlife trafficking. In South Africa Jewell toured Kruger National Park, where poachers have killed hundreds of rhinos for their horns. Thuso Khumalo and Adam Shaw caught up with her entourage in the park and filed this report for VOA.

    Video Amnesty Condemns Reinstatement of Nigerian General Accused of War Crimes

    Human rights group Amnesty International has strongly criticized the reinstatement of a Nigerian army commander, who it says is implicated in war crimes during the country’s battle with Islamist Boko Haram militants. The Nigerian government has denied the accusations. Henry Ridgwell reports.

    Video First-Time Homebuyers Find Affordable Units in Kenya

    A 2011 World Bank survey found that only about one-tenth of Kenya's population earned enough to support a mortgage. However, that situation may be changing, as new apartment units on the outskirts of Nairobi have sold out before the start of construction. Lenny Ruvaga reports from Nairobi that it's now possible to buy a one-bedroom apartment for as little as $10,000.

    Video Blame Game Rages Over Cholera Outbreak In Eastern Malawi

    Malawi is experiencing an outbreak of cholera, three months after the start of the rainy season.  Health authorities say the water-borne disease has hit many residents of four districts around Lake Chilwa in eastern Malawi. But health authorities and people living along the shores are accusing each other of contributing to the outbreak. Lameck Masina reports from the cholera-hit district of Zomba, in southeastern Malawi.

    Video Gbagbo Trial Exposes Persistent Divisions in Ivory Coast

    The trial of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo at the International Criminal Court exposes persistent divisions in Ivory Coast. Gbagbo is on trial for alleged crimes against civilians during the 2010-2011 post-election violence in his country. As the trial opened in the Hague on Thursday, Gbagbo's supporters claimed he is innocent, while his opponents expressed concern that he may not be punished enough. Zlatica Hoke reports.

    Video HRW Report: Politics of Fear Threatens Human Rights

    Governments are using the politics of fear to roll back human rights. That is how Human Rights Watch describes the current situation around the world in its newly released: World Report 2016. The organization warns dissent is being crushed and rights curtailed by both authoritarian and democratic governments. Alberto Pimienta has more.

    Video Report: World Freedom in Decline for 10th Year

    A new study suggests global economic downturns and fear of social unrest led to increased political repression by authoritarian governments in 2015. The 2015 report published by the non-partisan group, Freedom House, rated the degree of democratic freedoms in nations around the world. VOA's Chris Simkins has more on the story.

    Video Leather a Boost for Ethiopian Economy

    Leather industry is booming in Ethiopia as the government offers generous incentives to producers. As Marthe van der Wolf reports for VOA from Addis Ababa, the sector is poised for rapid growth.

    Video Ivory Coast: Refugees' Return Sparks Land-title Disputes

    Ivory Coast's 2010-2011 political crisis forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee to neighboring countries. Most of them left everything behind. When they got back, some found their land occupied by others, leading to clashes and inter-communal tensions in the west of the country. With more refugees coming back, the conflict threatens to impede the reconciliation the country has been looking for. Emilie IOB reports.

    Video Mobile Platform Helps Poor Kenyans Get Health Care

    In Kenya, an I.T. platform is helping low-income earners get the kind of affordable health insurance that was once only available to the middle class and the affluent. It's giving residents in the Nairobi slum of Kibera access to much-needed health care through their mobile devices. So far, 10-thousand Kibera residents are using the technology.

    Video Internet Users at Kenyan Cybercafes Required to Produce ID

    Kenya's Communications Authority has issued a rule requiring all Internet users at cybercafes to produce identification cards or birth certificates.The authority says the move is designed to curb hacking and terrorism, but critics say it infringes upon constitutionally guaranteed freedoms. VOA's Lenny Ruvaga reports.

    Video UNICEF: More Than Half of S. Sudanese Children Out of School

    UNICEF says South Sudan is home to the highest proportion of out-of-school children, with more than half of primary and lower secondary age children not getting education. Niger is a close second with 47 percent unable to attend school, followed by Sudan and Afghanistan. According to UNICEF, nearly 24 million children in 22 countries have no access to schools. Zlatica Hoke reports violence and poverty are the main reasons that so many children grow up without education.

    Video In Kenya, Blind Students Learn Through Technology

    Until recently, blind and visually impaired students in Kenya were still using Braille books for their studies. But Kenyan schools for the blind are now beginning to adopt technology that provides material in a audible form -- and in the process expands their opportunities. Lenny Ruvaga reports from the town of Thika.

    Video Mozambique Refugees Fleeing to Malawi

    Malawi continues receiving hundreds of refugees from Mozambique six months after RENAMO fighters carried out two attacks in Tete province. The fighting in July forced more than 700 people into Malawi and refugees say they continue to flee atrocities and killings by militias. Lameck Masina reports for VOA from a refugee camp in Malawi's Mwanza district, home to more than 2,500 refugees who fled atrocities in Tete province.

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