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Trump Plans to Extend Travel Ban to Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan, Eritrea & Three Other Countries

Here's what the travel ban could mean for these nations.

On Tuesday it was announced that Donald Trump's administration plans to extend its infamous travel ban to include seven new countries, many of them in Africa.

The countries named on the list, include Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan and Eritrea, as well as Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, and the Eastern European nation of Belarus. Politico first broke the news.

According to The Washington Post, the move would likely not be a complete ban on citizens looking to enter the US, however it could place various visa restrictions on some government officials and on those seeking certain type of visitor and business visas.

Some nations could also be banned from participation in the diversity travel lottery program, which grants green cards. Trump has threatened to sack the program in the past.


The move will likely cause tension between the US and the countries listed. Nigeria, for example, is Africa's most populous nation with strategic trading and anti-terrorism ties to the US. Nigeria also has one of the largest diasporas living in the US. The news also has foreign policy implications for Sudan, which underwent a revolutionary change in government last year.

According to government officials, the list is not yet final, and it is possible that a few nations will be removed.

The announcement is in-line with the anti-immigrant polices that have marked Trump's time in office, and his derogatory views on African countries.

The initial travel ban was established in January 2017—a week after Trump entered office—and applied to several citizens of predominately Muslim nations including Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Venezuela and more.

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Pregnant Tanzanian Girls Now Have Hope Of An Education

In the past, Tanzania's pregnant girls of school-going age were banned from accessing an education. However, things are about to change!

If a young girl of school-going age happened to fall pregnant in Tanzania, it usually spelled the end of her schooling career — and the death of any prospects she may have had for a bright future. In Tanzania currently, an estimated 5 500 girls are forced to leave school each year due to pregnancy, according to the World Bank.

The Tanzanian government has announced a new programme aimed at addressing the plight of young girls who have been impacted by this discriminatory ban. Tanzania's Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Leonard Akwilapo said young girls will now be offered an opportunity to further their schooling at alternative colleges.

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