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Cameroonians Are Getting Their Internet Back After a Three Month Government Block

After a three month block, Cameroon's president has ordered that the internet be turned back on in the country's Anglophone regions.

After three months offline, Anglophone regions in Cameroon will finally get their internet back, reports BBC Afrique.


The country's president, Paul Biya ordered that the internet be restored earlier today.

Southwestern and Northwestern areas of the country were shut-off from the internet in January following demonstrations led by the country's English-speaking community who have long felt discriminated against by the French-speaking majority. Authorities claimed that internet-users in the two regions, were using social media to spread false information about the government.

The issue gained media attention in February when the #BringBackOurInternet campaign began on Twitter. Just weeks after the block began, seventeen year old, Nij Collins traveled outside of his hometown, where the interent was blocked, to the country's capital where he became a Africa's first Champion Google Coder.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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