Root Causes of the Mediterranean Sea Refugee Crisis

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The bodies of helpless refugees awash the shores of Libya and pile the depths of the Mediterranean Sea. Most died in search of a dignified life. Those who survive face uncertain futures, discrimination and prison. Many of these refugees come from Eritrea, a country where freedom and opportunity are severely restricted.

The High Cost of a Disputed Border

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Eritrea and Ethiopia fought a border war from 1998 to 2000. Thousands died, and animosities persist to this day. When the war ended, the international community formed a boundary commission to delimit and demarcate the countries’ shared border. The commission was responsible for reconciling each side’s border claims.

Quiz: African Presidents

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About 300 people have held the office of president across Africa. How much do you know about these heads of state? Test your knowledge on our presidential quiz.

Quiz: Cycling in Africa

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Barriers were broken at the 2015 Tour de France. Eritrean riders Daniel Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus were the first black Africans to compete. MTN-Qhubeka was the first African-registered team. And Daniel went on to become the first black African to lead the mountains classification. How much do you know about the history of cycling across… Read more »

Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa

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Walking through an exhibition of West African Senufo art, one piece stopped me dead in my tracks. A featureless, three-foot clay figure stood slightly slouched. On its head sat an upside-down triangle resembling a tiny burlap bag. Hornbill feathers jutted upward. A plaque next to the figurine read kafigeledjo: “tell the truth.” The use of… Read more »