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The sand doodler who conquered her Somali Islamic critics

Nujuum Hashi, who has overcome traditional prejudice to become a respected artist in Somalia, decided on her career as she drew pictures in the sand as a seven-year-old in the capital, Mogadishu. Her family had no fixed abode as this

I am the only woman to survive the Joola tragedy

It is something that those who didn't experience it will never forget, let alone those of us who did. There were 22 of us rescued by the fishermen, but I was the only woman. It was very, very hard. The night before travelling on the

My husband starved our child, dumped him to die 

My name is Owoidogho Oton, the mother of a one-year-old boy who was allegedly thrown into a bush. Godwin Aweh is my husband. We are not legally married, but we live together. He is from Esit Eket in Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria. He used

I understand the pain, I understand the journey

My name is Fatima Sahra Ahmed. I'm a mother of three, and two of them happen to be children living with special-needs disabilities. I have a five year old son living with cerebral palsy, and then I have a one and a half year old

Eleven years in prison without trial was traumatic

My name is Godswill Udoh. I am 35 years old. I am from Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria. I am not employed at the moment. I was arrested on November 26, 2010. I don’t even understand what they (security agents) were trying to achieve. At the

Board games helped me find myself

When I started talking about mental health, my brother pulled me aside and said, "You want to tell people you're crazy?" Here in Uganda specifically, that is a big taboo. My name is Emily Banya, co-founder of Utalii Creative. Around

African Doctor finds cure for Ebola

Dr Jean-Jacques Muyembe, a medical practitioner in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has reportedly discovered a cure for Ebola. Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum was part of the research team that investigated the first known outbreak of…