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Archive December 2016

Afronline goes on holidays

Dear readers, it’s time for us to go on holidays! Afronline.org will take a break from 24 December 2016. We will come back on 11 January 2017. We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Joseph Kabila knows young people in Congo want him gone

One year ago, on December 15, 2015 in the capital Kinshasa, the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila’s security forces kidnapped youth activist Jean-Marie Kalonji, the coordinator of “Quatrième Voie” (the Fourth Way in English) and “Il Est Temps” (The Time is Now). Kalonji was detained for 134 days during which time he was held in a hole and tortured. He did not know whether he would live or die.

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Ethiopia Takes a Deep and Foreboding Breath

Smart phone users in the Ethiopian capital are rejoicing. After a two-month blackout the Ethiopian government has permitted the return of mobile data. Most Ethiopians who access the Internet do so through their phones, and previously the government had singled out social media activity as a major influence in agitating unrest that has doggedly seethed across the country since breaking out a year ago.

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Africa is a Country Recommends its 2016 book list

We’re a bookish bunch at AIAC, and once a year we like to share some of our favorite reads from the year just gone. It always feels like there’s too much to read, because there is. But one can always read more! So here’s some more to add to your reading pile for 2017.

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Refugees in Africa Faced Bitter Disappointments in 2016

This year, 471,000 refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) voted in presidential elections. They voted even though most of them live in exile in Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo and Chad, having fled an ongoing civil war which began in 2012.

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Benjamin Mkapa: “Burundi government is legitimate”

The facilitator in Burundi crisis, Benjamin Mkapa, felt it was essential to end the issue of the legitimacy of President Pierre Nkurunziza to move forward. “Those who want me to question the legitimacy of Pierre Nkurunziza are out of their mind, it is the people who have given legitimacy to the government,” Benjamin Mkapa told journalists.

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