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The Stories You Need To Know: Cape Town Dam Levels Rise, Killer Of Somali Minister Gets Death Sentence, And More

After recent rains, Cape Town's storage dam levels rose to 23.1%, an increase of 3.7% and more stories.

SOMALIA–Ahmed Abdullahi Abdi, the soldier who shot and killed Somalia’s youngest-ever cabinet minister, Abas Abdullahi Siraji, has been sentence to death. Read the full story here.


SOUTH AFRICA–Cape Town is going through an extreme drought. After the city’s recent rains, the city's storage dam levels rose to 23.1%, an increase of 3.7%. Read the full story here.

RWANDA–One of the judges involved in the case of Rwandan planning minister who was convicted of involvement in the country’s 1994 genocide, has been released from custody in Turkey. This has led a United Nations court into resuming proceedings of the case. Read the full story here.

TANZANIA–The editor in chief of a Tanzanian newspaper Mawio got suspended last week for linking former presidents Jakaya Kikwete and Benjamin Mkapa to controversial mining contracts. The editor has since faced anonymous threatening phone calls. Read the full story here.

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Meet Four Women Pushing Ivorian Art Forward Through Photography

These young and emerging female photographers from Côte d'Ivoire are shaking up Abidjan's art scene.

There's been a tremendous amount of awe-inspiring art coming from the African continent lately. Photography is no exception. It is one of the most powerful tools used in changing the way in which the West perceives Africa and its diaspora and perhaps the reason why contemporary photography is thriving.

The female gaze is paramount to the way in which the aforementioned visual stories are told and the female photographers here are using their camera lenses to give us glimpses of lands, peoples, histories, and futures unknown. Their individual experiences and perspectives are widening the scope of what is believed to be Côte d'Ivoire. Within the country's capital, Abidjan, there's a creative scene that seems to have sprawled up out of nowhere yet is so rich in its offerings.

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