Traditional spiritualists say Zimbabwe’s current problems are due to the government’s failure to recognize their work and to honor ancestral spirits who helped the country win liberation. They are seeking government funding, saying it would help rectify this oversight and lead to economic recovery.
Forced marriages and unintended pregnancies remain a norm for many Ugandan young women. One effort to combat the problems draws on the experience of women who have been down that path, who serve as mentors to girls and young women.
Parents and religious groups have criticized the government’s plan to teach sexuality education to children as young as 3. Meanwhile, police report a rise in cases of sexual abuse of children, and some civil society groups say the delay in educating them is partly to blame.
Homosexuality, which is illegal in Uganda, is commonly believed to be a vestige of colonialism. As the country’s LGBT community struggles for acceptance, some experts are noting that there’s evidence that homosexuality was present in Africa long before foreigners came.
Just as officials prepared to declare the country Ebola-free, COVID-19 hit. Authorities are taking strict measures. But many residents, having survived one devastating epidemic without isolation, are skeptical they need to disrupt their lives for another.
In Zambia, sunscreen is an expensive import because it’s deemed a luxury cosmetic, but for the 25,000 Zambians living with albinism, it’s an essential cancer-prevention measure. But in many cases, by the time they learn about sunscreen’s benefits, it’s already too late.
In Oaxaca state, residents are hosting town assemblies to take coronavirus prevention into their own hands. They’ve voted to extend measures beyond the country’s restrictions. Now, some communities have erected barriers and are standing guard at community access points.