Farmers in Malawi have rushed to small-scale gold mining to make up for lost income from poor harvests. Villagers are digging up and sifting soil in search of the precious metal to sell to buyers in neighboring countries. But authorities are cracking down on the unlicensed mining, as Lameck Masina reports from Lilongwe.
Victims of a Zimbabwe government sanctioned army operation that killed more than 20,000 people in the mid-1980s say they want compensation and an apology from President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government. As Columbus Mavhunga reports for VOA, President Mnangagwa was the country's security minister at the time.
In this episode of Shaka: Extra Time VOA reporter Paul Ndiho and veteran journalist Shaka Ssali talk about immigration in the U. S., elections in Nigeria, Biafra, the new era in Ethiopian politics and the chance that young people in Africa have to redefine their future.
Young footballers around the world dream of following in their heroes’ footsteps and going to Europe to play for top teams like Barcelona. A group of mainly African migrants has taken a first step, with the help of a sympathetic coach they have formed their own team in the Spanish leagues. Henry Ridgwell reports from Jerez, the club offers far more than a weekend of soccer practice for the young men, many of whom have risked their lives to reach Spanish shores.