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Simon Allison

Simon Allison

    Ebola’s back – but don’t panic just yet
    Ebola’s back – but don’t panic just yet
    In early May, the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) was celebrating. Margaret Chan was in Guinea, the epicentre of the devastating...
    Olusegun Obasanjo’s greatest fear
    Olusegun Obasanjo’s greatest fear
    A waiter approaches Olusegun Obasanjo with a glass of red wine. He declines. “Wine is the drink of diplomats,” he says, with twinkle in his...
    Namibia’s not-so-radical transformation
    Namibia’s not-so-radical transformation
    "Aim for the stars. Even if you miss, you’ll land on the moon,” goes the  hackneyed  proverb. Namibia is doing neither of those things.
    New Ebola case in DRC
    New Ebola case in DRC
    There is a confirmed new case of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
    Stakes high as Kiir boots army boss
    Stakes high as Kiir boots army boss
    On Tuesday evening, President Salva Kiir unceremoniously dismissed army chief Paul Malong, plunging South Sudan into yet more political instability. Malong, once considered the power behind Kiir’s throne, is now fighting for his political life. South Sudan nervously awaits the...
    The Tanzania Albinism Collective
    The Tanzania Albinism Collective
    It’s not easy for people with albinism in Tanzania. Quite the opposite: their problems are immense, and some are life-threatening. Since 2000, at...
    Droughts, floods to plague Nile
    Droughts, floods to plague Nile
    The Nile River’s annual flood was the backbone of civilisation in Egypt. Surrounded by desert, this phenomenon ensured that a thin ribbon of...
    No, Kenya has not warned against travel to South Africa
    No, Kenya has not warned against travel to South Africa
    It has been widely reported, in...
    Chibok girls release is good news, just when Buhari needs it most
    Chibok girls release is good news, just when Buhari needs it most
    On Sunday, an unwell Muhammadu Buhari roused himself from his sickbed to make a rare public appearance. The Nigerian President has been in...
    Zambian opposition leaders detained in 'filthy, unimaginable' conditions
    Zambian opposition leaders detained in 'filthy, unimaginable' conditions
    “The congestion is beyond what you can believe. The smell is indescribable. It’s so filthy you can’t even imagine.” This is how Chilufya...
    Treason season in Southern Africa
    Treason season in Southern Africa
    It appeared, at first, to be a bizarre coincidence. On Thursday, at roughly the same time, opposition leaders from Zambia and Zimbabwe appeared in...
    Displaced Congolese find unlikely refuge in Angola
    Displaced Congolese find unlikely refuge in Angola
    Thousands of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo are fleeing across the border to Angola – even though Angola has not always been a...