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The Death Toll Has Reached More Than 100 In Tanzania's Lake Victoria Ferry Disaster

The number is expected to climb as more bodies are discovered.

Sadness has swept across Tanzania, as the death toll of the capsized MV Nyere Ferry has reached at least 100, reports BBC Africa. The number is expected to rise as more bodies are being discovered.

Spokeswoman for the Tanzania Red Cross, Godfrida Jola, told the New York Times on Friday, that 94 bodies had been discovered so far, 54 women and 40 men. She said that 40 people had been rescued and are in critical condition.

It is feared that up to 200 people may have drowned in the accident, as rescue operations continue.

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Tanzania Suspends Family Planning Ads on Radio and Television

The suspension of a US-based advertisement comes just two weeks after the country's president expressed his desire to ban the use of contraceptives.

Following a proposed ban on the use of contraceptives by Tanzanian president, John Magufuli the country has cancelled all airings of radio and television spots on the subject of family planning.

In a letter addressed to US-based NGO FHI 360, the Tanzanian government asks that the agency stop airing ads under the program Tulonge Afya, which translated to "Let's speak health" immediately, Reuters reports.

Earlier this month Maguguli expressed that there was no need for the use of birth control in Tanzania, calling those who choose to engage in family planning "lazy" and pointing to the supposed need for population growth in Tanzania as the reasoning for implementing a ban on contraceptives. He was quoted as saying that "those that are going for family planning are lazy, they do not want to work to feed a large family.'

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Literature

Nnedi Okorafor Is Launching a New Comic About 'African and Alien Immigrants' Living In Brooklyn

"LaGuardia" is the celebrated author's new original comic, set in her "Binti" trilogy universe.

Nnedi Okorafor is on a roll. Just last month, the celebrated Nigerian author released the final issue of her thrilling Dora Milaje spin-off, and now the writer has announced a new original comic series that's coming our way this December.

The Who Fears Death author shared the news of her upcoming sci-fi series on, LaGuardia, on Twitter, detailing that the comic will also take place within the Binti Universe."It's about African and alien immigrants in a Brooklyn apartment building called New Hope."

READ: In Conversation: Nnedi Okorafor on Venom, George R.R. Martin and Why Artists Can't Have Mentors

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