Hello, I’m Salem Solomon, a journalist with the Voice of America’s Africa Division, where I cover the latest news from across the continent.

My work has appeared in prominent publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and Foreign Policy. I also produce data-driven multimedia stories and research trends in analytics and journalism ethics.

Check out my stories, multimedia projects, media appearances and résumé.


Essays & Analysis

The New York Times Magazine

‘They’re Going to Come for Us’: A Teenage Girl Caught in a War’s Riptides

My father knew we were next. “They’re going to come for us,” he’d say, after Meles Zenawi, then the prime minister of Ethiopia, told the country on national television in July 1998 that Eritreans weren’t welcome.

Columbia Journalism Review

The 'North Korea of Africa'? Not so fast.

For years, news outlets in Europe and North America have aimed to cover African places and people in terms familiar to their audiences.

Foreign Policy

Life in Eritrea’s News Desert

What the country teaches the world about the importance of an independent press.

Washington Post

No, al-Shabab is not deadlier than Boko Haram. Here are better numbers.

For years, Boko Haram has carried the dubious distinction of being Africa’s deadliest terrorist group.

Media Appearances

I make frequent appearances on TV, radio and web shows to discuss events unfolding across Africa. My comments have appeared on VOA broadcasts, Al Jazeera and Newsy.

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Recent Stories

January 20, 2019

Sudanese-British Billionaire Mo Ibrahim Calls on Sudan’s Al-Bashir to Stop Deadly Protest Crackdowns

Unrelenting protests point to a desire for change in Sudan, where young people see a government that’s failed them, both economically and politically.

January 17, 2019

9/11 Survivor Dies in Kenya Terror Attack

From Houston, Texas, to Nairobi, Kenya, American entrepreneur Jason Spindler helped others reach their potential.

January 15, 2019

Kenyan Government Faces Backlash After Chinese Contract Leaks

Kenyan officials face revelations the country may have imperiled key strategic assets when it signed a 2014 contract.

Dec. 24, 2018

‘I Want to Just Hug Him’: Mother Reconnects with Stranger Who Brought Her Daughter from Sierra Leone to US 15 Years Ago

A mother reconnects with the stranger who helped her 5-year-old daughter travel from Sierra Leone to the U.S., 15 years later.

Dec. 20, 2018

Experts Call for Inclusion of Pregnant Women in Vaccine Research

Pregnant women have been overlooked in vaccine research and administration for too long, according to new guidance from an international team of experts.

Dec. 19, 2018

As US ‘Debt-Trap Diplomacy’ Rhetoric Heats Up, China-Africa Relations Hold Fast

The United States’ rhetoric toward China is sharpening, but in Africa, that may not matter.

Dec. 14, 2018

New Africa Strategy Pits US Against China, Russia

A new policy toward Africa frames the U.S. in more adversarial roles with both China and Russia.

Dec. 13, 2018

Report: Journalists Faced Intimidation, Prison in 2018

A new report concludes attacks on journalists that surged in 2016 show no signs of lessening.

Dec. 10, 2018

With US Federal FGM Law Struck Down, Attention Shifts to States

A US district judge ruled the federal ban on female genital mutilation unconstitutional, shifting attention to states' roles in outlawing the practice.

Dec. 7, 2018

Girl Disappears in 2012; Eritrea Silent

Ciham Ali Abdu disappeared in 2012 after attempting to cross Eritrea’s border with Sudan; her family hasn’t heard from her since.

Nov. 26, 2018

Chinese Officials Arrested for Bribery Amid Kenya’s SGR Corruption Inquiry

The arrests mark the first time Chinese officials will face charges connected to the Standard Gauge Railway.

Nov. 24, 2018

New US Ambassador to Somalia Sees Path to Peace, Prosperity

Donald Yamamoto, newly appointed US ambassador to Mogadishu, brings 20 years of experience, both in Somalia and the broader East Africa region, to his new post.

Nov. 22, 2018

Somali Bomb Blast Shatters Expectant Mother’s Life

A survivor of a deadly blast in Mogadishu recalls her experiences.

Nov. 22, 2018

African UN Security Council Members Push for AU-Led Peacekeepers

China is backing a draft resolution introduced by Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast, calling for the U.N. to find peacekeeping missions by the AU.

Nov. 14, 2018

UN Security Council Lifts Sanctions Against Eritrea

Sanctions had been imposed in 2009 in response to allegations Asmara was providing material support to Islamist insurgents in Somalia.