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COVID-19: examining theories for Africa’s low death rates

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Shutterstock Kevin Marsh, University of Oxford and Moses Alobo, African Academy of Sciences As the threat of a COVID-19 pandemic emerged earlier this year, many felt a sense of apprehension about what would happen when it reached Africa. Concerns over the combination of overstretched and underfunded health systems and the existing load of infectious and non-infectious diseases often led to …

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Suspension of US aid to Ethiopia is yet another example of Trump’s disregard for Africa

Workey Tadele, a radio operator, at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Guba in Ethiopia in December 2019. Eduardo Soteras/AFP via Getty Images

Workey Tadele, a radio operator, at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Guba in Ethiopia in December 2019. Eduardo Soteras/AFP via Getty Images Yohannes Gedamu, Georgia Gwinnett College America’s Department of State recently suspended $130 million worth of aid to Ethiopia because of “a lack of progress” on negotiations pertaining to the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on …

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The Nile river led to Khartoum’s growth, but now threatens the city

A view of flooded farmland on the riverbank and swelling Blue Nile as its water level rises after heavy rainfall in Khartoum, Sudan Photo by Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A view of flooded farmland on the riverbank and swelling Blue Nile as its water level rises after heavy rainfall in Khartoum, Sudan Photo by Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Andrea Zerboni, University of Milan Over the past few weeks, floods – following exceptionally heavy rains – have hit Sudan. Many parts of the country have been affected though …

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University rankings don’t measure what matters

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GettyImages Sioux McKenna, Rhodes University International rankings of universities are big business and big news. These systems order universities on the basis of a variety of criteria such as student to staff ratio, income from industry, and reputation as captured through public surveys. Universities around the world use their rankings as marketing material and parents and prospective students make life …

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Why more needs to be done for democracy to work in Sudan

Sudan’s new prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok. He recently survived an assassination attempt. Wikimedia Commons

Sudan’s new prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok. He recently survived an assassination attempt. Wikimedia Commons Andrew Edward Yaw Tchie, King’s College London and Jihad Salih Mashamoun, University of Exeter Sudan is at a defining moment. The country’s history and legacy of military rule and conflict leaves it at risk of continued violence. As part of the transition deal after the ouster …

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Plans for a dam across the Nile triggered a war in 1956: will it happen again?

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The High Dam in Aswan, Egypt. Getty Images Mike Muller, University of the Witwatersrand Over the past decade, observers have watched with trepidation as tensions increased between Egypt and Ethiopia over the construction of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River. Egyptian politicians have publicly threatened war to defend what they see as their existential interest – …

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Darfur: how historical patterns of conflict are haunting current violence

A demonstrator stands with a sign reading: “Demands: sack the local authority, disarm militias, protect citizens, cattle, and farmland, and end friction between farmers and shepherds”, during a protest in Central Darfur. Ashraf Shazly/AFP via Getty Images

A demonstrator stands with a sign reading: “Demands: sack the local authority, disarm militias, protect citizens, cattle, and farmland, and end friction between farmers and shepherds”, during a protest in Central Darfur. Ashraf Shazly/AFP via Getty Images Tsega Etefa, Colgate University After relative peace, violence has returned to Darfur. In July alone, more than 60 people were killed, according to …

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Sudan’s political change gives hope for young women and girls. Here’s why

An Egyptian doctor gives medical advice to a woman about female genital mutilation during an awareness campaign in Giza, outside the capital Cairo. Mohamed El-Sahed/AFP via Getty Images

An Egyptian doctor gives medical advice to a woman about female genital mutilation during an awareness campaign in Giza, outside the capital Cairo. Mohamed El-Sahed/AFP via Getty Images Tamsin Bradley, University of Portsmouth Sudan’s transitional government recently announced a nationwide ban on female genital mutilation. A 2014 survey backed by the United Nations estimated 87% of Sudanese women and girls …

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Sudan’s political change gives hope for young women and girls. Here’s why

An Egyptian doctor gives medical advice to a woman about female genital mutilation during an awareness campaign in Giza, outside the capital Cairo. Mohamed El-Sahed/AFP via Getty Images

An Egyptian doctor gives medical advice to a woman about female genital mutilation during an awareness campaign in Giza, outside the capital Cairo. Mohamed El-Sahed/AFP via Getty Images Tamsin Bradley, University of Portsmouth Sudan’s transitional government recently announced a nationwide ban on female genital mutilation. A 2014 survey backed by the United Nations estimated 87% of Sudanese women and girls …

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Why protesters are fed up with Sudan’s tricky transition

A Sudanese demonstrator at a protest in the capital Khartoum. Ashraf Shazily/AFP via Getty Images

A Sudanese demonstrator at a protest in the capital Khartoum. Ashraf Shazily/AFP via Getty Images David E Kiwuwa, University of Nottingham In the last few days, tens of thousands of people have, once again, taken to the streets of Sudan’s major cities to demand “freedom, peace and justice”, the rallying cry for the protesters who ousted Omar al-Bashir in 2019. …

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