Today’s victims may not be in iron fetters, but most are poverty-stricken and forced to migrate for work, believing it presents an opportunity to change their lives and support their families.
UN troops on the ground have kept many countries in conflict from falling into total disarray. Yet, Africa seeks strategies to secure peace and stability on its own terms.
Technological leapfrogging in Africa has so far focused on economic transformation and the improvement of basic services; Somalialand has now provided great possibilities.
US mayors and governors want to show the world they stand by US commitments, but to their African counterparts solidarity means cash.
Dispatched by President Donald Trump to Ethiopia, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo, Haley’s trip was one of the first tangible signs of interest in Africa by the nine-month old administration.
Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The outcome of the race between increasingly artful electoral manipulation and limitless possible manifestations of democratic expression is never entirely certain.
Jacob Zuma will be prosecuted unless Shaun Abrahams, the national director of public prosecutions, decides again to drop the charges.
For most African women, however, the political terrain is too rough to navigate.
The idea that terror groups like Boko Haram fund their activities through ivory poaching in Africa is a compelling narrative. But it’s undermining wildlife conservation and human rights.
The number of ‘undernourished’ or hungry people in Africa increased from about 182 million in the early 1990s to around 233 million in 2016.
A combination of declining mortality and relatively high fertility is the driver of rapid population growth in Africa.
Who gets to document African realities? Who are the gatekeepers of African publishing traditions?
With lengthy, arduous peace efforts failing, South Sudan is facing its gravest humanitarian crisis in years.
The African Union needs to devise a standard set of requirements and attributes for electronic voting across the continent.
Apart from the unfavourable economic and financing aspects for generating energy from coal, the plant may be Kenya’s single largest pollution source.
Will the G20’s new ‘Compact with Africa’ succeed in combatting poverty and climate change and deter the exodus of African economic migrants?
Political repression and economic inequality has increased in Africa, calling into question the extent of the continent’s democratic gains.
Foreign forces and private contractors are training and aiding “conservation armies” to protect endangered species and fight terrorism, but there isn’t much evidence of any link between the two.
In a trend that can be observed across the continent, Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the hot spots of Christian higher education growth worldwide.
Not every country prepares for global health threats in the same way.
The region, which fell to war in 2013, is no longer being classified as being in a state of famine, but situations are still being described as “dire”.
Even though unrealistic targets and poor ground-level implementation have hobbled the multi-national initiative, it should be fixed rather than abandoned.
Two-thirds of the African continent is desert or drylands and nearly 75% of agricultural land is estimated to be degraded to varying degrees.
Three years ago, the US offered people from three African countries temporary protection due to the outbreak of Ebola. Now that the epidemic is over and so is their stay in the country, where do they go?
President Zuma will appear in parliament. There is no planned interaction with lawmakers but he will likely face heckling from opponents in the chamber.
Tedros Ghebreyesus Adhanom has set universal health coverage as a priority. There are several ways to make headway with this goal.
When it comes to elections there are at least two Africas: one that has not become much more democratic since the early 1990s and another in which elections have become entrenched and the quality of the process has improved.
More than 875,000 refugees have fled into neighbouring Uganda since South Sudan’s civil war broke out in 2013, living in refugee camps.
The string of bombings, all of which were claimed by Somali Islamist insurgents, underscores the difficulty faced by Kenya’s government to secure the country ahead of national elections
Many African countries are still searching for inclusive commercial farming models that can bring in private investment without dispossessing local people.
The latest figures on the world wine market confirm that the industry is undergoing considerable change, with European countries finding their positions and strategies challenged by the new world.
The pitch comes close on the heels of China’s OBOR initiative, which aims to connect the Eurasian landmass and Indo-Pacific maritime routes.
Protesters pressing demands for jobs and a share of the country’s energy wealth forced the closure of two oil and gas pumping stations.
Fossils from Greece and Bulgaria of an ape-like creature that lived 7.2 million years ago may fundamentally alter the understanding of human origins
The short-lived uprising has exposed President Ouattara’s tenuous grip on an army he patched together from former rebel and loyalist fighters in the wake of a 2011 civil war.
Seven men were found dead during Saturday’s rescues, but survivors brought to Trapani in Sicily indicated a further 13 had been lost at sea.
Rights groups have warned that this could lead to violence in the south, an area of unrest where many people feel abandoned by the government.
Although their release has been a relief, it is important now that the 82 released Chibok schoolgirls receive adequate physical and psychosocial counselling and support.
Crossing a border entitles refugees to international protection, whereas internally-displaced persons remain the responsibility of national governments – often falling through the gaps as a result.