Last week, the Nigerian police rescued 19 pregnant women and 4 children from "baby factories" in the country's economic capital, Lagos, where the women were held with the purpose of birthing children for sale.
After months of a bloody revolution, which saw the ousting of despot Omar Al-Bashir, Sudan's new dawn might finally be on the horizon. With the signing of the power-sharing deal by both the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Forces of Freedom and Change (a coalition which represents civilian groups), Sudan is finally back on track to the restoration of a democratically-elected government.
In a classic case of 'quis custodiet ipsos custodes', the Public Protector of South Africa, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, has been accused of lying under oath and acting in bad faith during an investigation of a bank bailout. After the Supreme Court of South Africa ruled that Ms Mkhwebane lied under oath, the nation's Public Servants Association openly declared her 'hypocritical' and demanded that her office be investigated.
In a spectacular gaffe in the official policy note regarding trafficking of women from Nigeria, the UK Home Officenoted that victims of sex trafficking could return to Nigeria “wealthy from prostitution” and “held in high regard”. The comments were met with outrage from human rights advocates, MPs, and the public alike – rightly concerned that the remarks oversimplify the complexity of human trafficking and could be used as rationale to refuse asylum to victims of trafficking.
...because if you are in Tanzania, the government is coming for it. Last week during a budget speechto parliament, Tanzanian Finance Minister, Philip Mpango, announced a 25% tax on imported wigs and extensions and a 10% levy on those made locally, in a bid to promote government revenue.