The grimy reality of Morocco’s public hospitals


Blocked pipes, mouldy walls, wet blankets and a shortage of supplies: this is what users of Morocco's public health system have to deal with. Dozens of photos published on Facebook have shed light on the grime reality of the country's public hospitals. According to our Observer, a Moroccan doctor, it reveals a disastrous state of affairs that the government's privatisation plan won't be able to fix. Read more...
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Single mothers: pariahs of Moroccan society


In Morocco, sex outside marriage is forbidden and can even result in a prison sentence. This law only serves to increase the stigmatization of single mothers. These women are often abandoned by the fathers of their children and ostracised by other members of society. Read more...
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Gambian woman forced into exile for posting video of police brutality


Minah Manneh, a Gambian women’s rights activist, filmed disturbing footage of a policeman caning a schoolgirl and then posted it on her Facebook page. This courageous act has forced the 23-year-old to flee her own country as Gambian law expressly forbids its citizens from uploading videos that could "tarnish the state's image". Read more...
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The controversy behind Nairobi senator's 'free' Rescue Team


Saving grannies, bringing clean water to slums, helping young brides get married in style... Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko launched Kenya's Sonko Rescue as a privately-funded “rapid response” to the problems of everyday residents of the capital, for which he says the government doesn’t provide. But while smiling photos and tearful accounts testify to the way Sonko has personally helped many Kenyans, is this an attempt to create parallel public services without any oversight? Read more...
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Is an Iraqi militia really using high-tech combat robots?


These little machines aren’t NASA's latest Mars rovers built to scour the red planet, but combat robots deployed by none other than an Iraqi militia group. The Shiite militia Saraya Al Salam is currently taking part in an offensive against the Islamic State organisation in Tikrit. In a video, the group brags that it built these sophisticated war machines entirely by itself. Read more...
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Kenyan restaurant bans black Africans after 5pm


The rule at the creatively-named Chinese Restaurant in Nairobi was simple: after 5pm, no black Africans could enter the premises. Since the Daily Nation newspaper first reported this shocking story on Monday, Kenyans have taken to social media to express their outrage. Much of the anger has been directed at Kenya’s rapidly growing Chinese community. Read more...
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Young Syrian comedians take aim at Islamic State group


The jihadist emir is busy smoking, drinking and sending 'selfies' on WhatsApp, but when a young recruit stops by, the emir quickly takes on the persona of a man of virtue. Strapping a belt packed with explosives around the young man’s waist, the emir promises him trouble-free entry to paradise. "We'll meet again!" he exclaims before sending him off. For some young Syrians living in Turkey, comedy sketches like this are a way to use humour to fight back against the Islamic State group's reign of barbaric terror and hypocrisy. Read more...

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China’s future footballers miss the target by a long shot


China's president recently announced his country's intention to host a football World Cup in the near future. In order to become a world champion football nation, Chinese officials are doing their best to introduce the “joys of the round ball” to the youth. There's just one problem: the methods being used are somewhat surprising to say the least. Read more...

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Afghan woman brutally lynched by mob in Kabul for 'burning Koran'

An Afghan woman was brutally beaten to death and then burned by a bloodthirsty crowd made up almost entirely of men in Kabul last Thursday. Gruesome footage has emerged of the mob lynching 27-year-old Farkhunda who was accused of burning a Koran near a mosque. The attack has triggered a wave of indignation throughout the country. Read more ...

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Tunisia attacks: 'Why I posted photos while the assault was underway'

Hidden away for two hours in a room in Tunis's Bardo museum, one man managed to take dozens of photos and post them online as terrorists launched an attack on the building. The images instantly began circulating on social media networks. He agreed to tell us how and why he did it...

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