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Simon Allison

Simon Allison

    Vigilante vampire slayers haunt Malawi
    Vigilante vampire slayers haunt Malawi
    ‘Suspected vampire killed by mob”. This is a real headline, in a real newspaper. Malawi’s Nyasa Times ran the story this week, and the...
    The unsung heroes of Somali blast
    The unsung heroes of Somali blast
    Last Saturday, Somalia’s capital Mogadishu — no stranger to terrorist incidents — suffered the worst attack in its history. A truck...
    ​The unsung heroes responding to Somalia’s deadliest attack
    ​The unsung heroes responding to Somalia’s deadliest attack
    On Saturday, Somalia’s capital Mogadishu - no stranger to terrorist incidents - suffered the worst attack in its history. A truck bomb apparently...
    Election fracas tests a tense Kenya
    Election fracas tests a tense Kenya
    This has been a tumultuous week — yes, another one — in Kenyan politics. Just as the country was getting used to the idea of a fresh...
    Liberia changes the guard
    Liberia changes the guard
    As Liberians vote this week for their new president, the country must simultaneously deal with another seismic change to its political landscape:...
    ‘Hey Google, our breasts aren’t sexual’
    ‘Hey Google, our breasts aren’t sexual’
    Nobukhosi Mtshali felt a little lost when she first arrived in Johannesburg. She was beginning a degree in education at Wits University, and...
    Mystery of the missing Biafran separatist
    Mystery of the missing Biafran separatist
    Where is Nnamdi Kanu?
    Rape used as ‘weapon of war’ in CAR
    Rape used as ‘weapon of war’ in CAR
    Rape and sexual slavery are being used as weapons of war by armed groups in the Central African Republic, according to a new Human Rights Watch
    Can Zanu-PF afford another currency crash?
    Can Zanu-PF afford another currency crash?
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    Zimbabwe’s first shoppers keep on rolling
    Zimbabwe’s first shoppers keep on rolling
    It has been yet another big-spending week for members of the extended Mugabe clan. This time, it was Russell Goreraza, Grace Mugabe’s eldest son...
    The Sikasso paradox: Can the Mali miracle be repeated?
    The Sikasso paradox: Can the Mali miracle be repeated?
    Sometime in September 2016, Bienfait M’mbakwa Eca was sitting at his desk in bustling Sikasso, Mali’s second-largest city, poring over some new...