Ethiopia: In a State of Emergency

Since nation-wide protests commenced in Ethiopia in late 2015 due to outrage over investment projects aimed at repurposing land for industrial use, government-sanctioned mass arrests, detentions, enforced disappearances, and indiscriminate killings have plagued the country. This culminated in a State…

U.S. Lifts Sanctions on Sudan

On January 13, 2017, U.S. President Barack Obama issued an executive order revoking some economic sanctions that had been imposed on Sudan. The U.S. Department of the Treasury cited several indications of “sustained progress” from the Sudanese government in areas…

The Hyena Who Rapes Children and Widows

“Hyena” or “fisi” refers to a specific male hired to have sex with women and girls for ritualistic purposes. The Hyenas of Malawi perform the ritual “sexual cleansing” or “kusas fumbi” or “brushing off the dust.” Girls are forced to…